Church service for Major General (Retd) Nyathi set for Saturday

By Peter Chivhima

A church service will be held for the late national hero, Major General (Retired) Sikhulile Simpson Nyathi at his Mabelreign home in Harare this Saturday.

The late Major General’s relatives, friends and colleagues will converge for the church service, ahead of his burial on Monday at the National Heroes Acre.

“Today was the day for preparation as a family, like what other families do. Tomorrow the church service will be held here with the Zimbabwe National Army Chaplain General and the officials from the Salvation Army leading the procession.

“After that, the body will be taken back to the funeral parlor at Charles Gumbo Barracks. On Sunday, people from Gwanda and Bulawayo will arrive for the burial set for Monday,” said Colonel Samuel Mpabanga, the Nyathi family’s spokesperson.

The nation has been united in mourning the late national hero, with people from his home area of Mapate in Gwanda giving him a befitting send off this Thursday after his body was taken to his homestead.

Major General Nyathi, who died on Sunday at Zimbabwe National Army 2 Referral Hospital in Harare, joined the liberation struggle in 1977 and received military training at Chakwenga Guerilla Training Camp One in Zambia.

At independence, Major General Nyathi was attested into the Zimbabwe National Army and rose through the ranks until he became Major General on retirement.

He is survived by his wife Noleen and three Children.