Nation mourns national hero, Retired Deputy Commissioner Griffiths Mpofu

By ZBC Reporter

The death of national hero and former Zimbabwe Republic Police – ZRP Deputy Commissioner Moses Griffiths Mpofu has robbed the nation of yet another dedicated son of the soil, who worked tirelessly for the country to be what it is today.

Zimbabwe has lost a veteran of the country’s armed struggle that ushered in independence in 1980.

Born in 1954 in Nyamandlovu, Cde Griffiths Mpofu did his primary education at Nhabathi and Nkonzo Primary Schools in Tsholothso before enrolling at Tegwane High School in Plumtree for his secondary education.

He became active in politics under the ZIPRA banner in the early 1970s and was appointed the party’s secretary for youths 1974.

Cde Mpofu joined the liberation struggle in Zambia a year later and received military training at Mwembeshi, Mgagao and Morogoro training camps in Tanzania.

Between 1978 and 1979, Cde Mpofu, whose Chimurenga name was Cde Matswaha Witness Mhlanga, underwent a police command course specialising in criminal investigations and management of mass disorder in the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).

At ceasefire in 1979, Cde Mpofu returned as part of the advance party of the intelligence unit, carrying out reconnaissance on the activities and whereabouts of the enemy.

He then joined the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) at independence in 1980 and rose through the ranks to become Deputy Commissioner.

Having attained several accolades during an illustrious career in the ZRP, Cde Mpofu retired from the service in December 2004.

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