‘Firmness, fairness defined the late police boss Griffiths Mpofu’

By Innocent Nxumalo

Members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) have been encouraged to draw lessons from the illustrious career of the late national hero and former ZRP Deputy Commissioner Moses Griffiths Mpofu.

The demise of former Deputy Commissioner Mpofu has come as a huge shock to members of the police force and the nation at large.

ZRP Commanding Officer for Bulawayo Province, Senior Assistant Commissioner Patton Mbangwa says the late national hero left a legacy which will be a benchmark for best policing practices.

“The late national hero was our superior who made his mark in service for being uncompromising when it came to diligence and fairness. He demonstrated what he expected from those he supervised. As we mourn him, we also celebrate that our organisation was privileged to be led by a visionary patriot like him.”

The late Cde Mpofu also established himself as a rare breed of dedicated and disciplined leaders admired by his peers.

“He loved books; he always had one under his armpit while herding cattle. Teachers were mesmerized by his sharp mind at school and they had to make him skip some grades which were then standards. When we went for military training he maintained that standard and impressed commanders who seconded him for further intelligence training in the Soviet Union. After we won the war of liberation he joined the police and we were not surprised to see him rising up the ranks to become one of the revered police officers in the country. Our late brother deserved this declaration of being a national hero,” his brother, Mr Moffat Zikhali said.

The late former police boss died at the age of sixty-six after battling a chronic ailment and is survived by his wife, Sibonile Khumalo, four children and six grandchildren.

Mourners are gathered at house number 130 Mahatshula suburb in Bulawayo.

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