National hero described as intelligent and hardworking

By John Nhandara

A FUNERAL parade was held for the late national hero, Major General Retired Sikhulile Simpson Nyathi at Charles Gumbo Barracks in Harare this Wednesday.

Friends, Relatives and top army officials gathered at the Parade Square at Charles Gumbo Barracks in Harare, to honour the late Major General Retired Sikhulile Simpson Nyathi who died at the ZNA 2 Referral Hospital on Sunday.

Chief mourner, Commander Zimbabwe Defence Forces, General Phillip Valerio Sibanda chronicled the late national heroes’ military journey from the time he joined the liberation struggle under the Zimbabwe African People’s Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) at the age of 17.

“The late was part of a group of 410 boys and girls from Manama Secondary School accompanied by their teachers who absconded school and crossed the border to Zambia via Botswana in 1977,” he said.

One of his Colleagues Major General Emmanuel Matatu and longtime friend Beitbridge East legislator Honourable Albert Ngulube described the late national hero as a humble and hardworking cadre.

“We worked together at the army headquarters and during the early development of the Zimbabwean national army. I knew him as a hard worker, a man who could articulate logistical policies.

“We were at school together in Manama. We crossed together to Zambia and trained together. We separated and met again in 1980. He was calculative and mature and will also give us advice where necessary,” said Honourable Albert Ngulube.

Close relatives said the death of Major General Retired Nyathi is a big loss to the family.

Major General Retired Nyathi is survived by his wife Noleen and three children.