Church service held for late Major General Nyathi

By Fungai Jachi

A church service for the late national hero, Major General (Retd) Sikhulile Simpson Nyathi has been held at his Mabelreign home in Harare this Saturday, with the Zimbabwe National Army and Salvation Army Church leading the proceedings.

“He was the pillar of the family and he was forthright and straight. We celebrate his life because he left a mark in our lives. We have truly lost a loving man who wanted the best for us as a family,” said Marupi-Marupi Nare, a nephew.

“He was an intelligent man and we all thought he was going to be a doctor, but he said no, I will be in the army. He was dedicated to his country and we are grateful that he was honoured for his dedication,” said his sister, Mrs Gildah Maphosa.

Sunday will be the final preparation day before burial at the National Heroes Acre on Monday.

“After this church service the body will be returned to the parlour. Tomorrow is our final preparation day before the burial on Monday. Everything is going on well and we are grateful for the support we have had,” said Colonel Samuel Mpabanga, Major-Gen Nyathi’s brother.

Major General Nyathi died last Sunday at the Zimbabwe National Army 2 Referral Hospital in Harare.

He 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 and became Major General on retirement.

He is survived by his wife Noleen and three children.