By ZBC Reporters
THE government has revealed that the late national hero Major General Retired Sikhulile Simpson Nyathi will be buried at the National Heroes Acre on Monday.
Briefing the family and relatives at the Charles Gumbo Barracks when the body of Major General Nyathi returned to Harare from his rural home in Gwanda this evening, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, Mr Aaron Nhepera who was represented by Finance Director, Mr Exavier Chisoko said burial is set for Monday.
“We are also going to request that we leave our national hero here today, we have been told that the day is now Monday. We will have a church service on Saturday at 10am, we do church service up to 3pm. Until, Monday it will be a government programme,” he said.
Earlier on today, the body of the late national hero was taken to his homestead in Mapate area of Gwanda South.
Villagers who gathered to give a befitting send off to the late national hero at his homestead this Thursday said the decorated soldier has left a huge void not only for the nation, but in Gwanda-South.
Villagers of Mapate dedicated this Thursday to celebrating the life of their son who has been honoured for being a leader during and after the liberation struggle.
“Simpson demonstrated that he was going far at a tender age when we were still kids. It is a huge loss for the community,” said a villager.
“He inspired our children to believe in themselves, when he visited from Harare, he would throw parties and he would ensure that everyone is catered for,” said another villager.
“We pray that another Simpson will be born again in Mapate,” said another.
Family spokesperson, Mr Nafthal Mpabanga said they will focus on the good works of the late national hero.
“We are trying to come to terms with his death. We looked up to him in many ways. But we will find strength on the positive things he did for the family,” he said.
Zimbabwe National Army Chief of Staff Administration, Major General Emmanuel Matatu, who worked closely with the late national hero has fond memories of man who was action oriented.
“The late national hero was hard worker together with him we delivered many tasks at Army HQ. He inspired us to be diligent at work and be action oriented,” he said.
The late Major General Retired Nyathi who was born on the 12th of September 1960 was raised in the Mapate area of Gwanda South.
He did his primary education at Mapate School before proceeding to Manama Secondary where he was recruited together with the famous Group of 1977.
His brilliance in the Zambian military training camp saw him being hand-picked for further training in the then USSR.
Major General Nyathi is survived by his wife Noleen and three children.
p>Major General (Retd) Nyathi died on Sunday at Zimbabwe National Army 2 Referral Hospital in Harare.
At independence, the late was attested into the Zimbabwe National Army and rose through the ranks until he became a Major General on retirement.