The Vice President, General (Rtd) Dr Constantino Chiwenga, has mourned the passing on of Deputy Commissioner (Retired) Moses Griffiths Mpofu, who has since been declared a national hero and will be buried at the National Heroes Acre today.
In a statement, Vice President Chiwenga said, “In this time of bereavement, the nation shall be consoled by the invaluable contribution made by the late Deputy Commissioner (Retired) Moses Griffiths Mpofu to this great nation. Like many youths of his generation, instead of pursuing his academic endeavours, the late son of the soil suffered the brunt of the Ian Smith supremacist regime and decided to join the liberation struggle. In 1975, he trekked to Zambia and received military training under the banner of the Zimbabwe People’s Liberation Army (ZIPRA). That exodus was not an expedition of exploration to discover new lands or opportunities, but a conscious undertaking spurred by the conviction to dislodge the racist Rhodesian regime. This self-sacrifice for the benefit and emancipation of the indigenous people of Zimbabwe speaks volumes of the national aspirations and vision of the dear departed colleague and Comrade-in-Arms.”
He said the late Cde Matswata Witness Mhlanga, as he was known during the liberation struggle, was among the cadres who were trained at Mgagao in Tanzania under the Zimbabwe People’s Army (ZIPA).
“He played an important role in forging unity between the two liberation Armies (ZANLA and ZIPRA). He was dedicated and committed to the ideals of the founding generation of this great nation. The late Deputy Commissioner (Retired) Mpofu continued to show consistency, patriotism and loyalty to the cause and interests of this country. He served with distinction in the Zimbabwe Republic Police, where he rose through the ranks to Deputy Commissioner,” said the Vice President.
He said Cde Mpofu was a proponent of law and order, “a condition which equally demands corresponding law-abiding citizens for the nation to be able to focus on developmental issues. The late Deputy Commissioner Mpofu contributed immensely to the stability of the country’s national security.”
“Most notably in the economic sector, he played a key role in the Fast-Track Land Reform Programme which addressed land ownership imbalances to accommodate the indigenous people of Zimbabwe.
“His passing on is a huge loss to the nation. The void that has been created leaves us impoverished. Anyway, lets accept that he has joined his contemporaries interred at National, Provincial and District shrines and unmarked graves strewn across and outside Zimbabwe. As we bid him farewell, we say to Cde Matswata Witness Mhlanga, ‘the unshackling of the yoke of colonialism was a mission accomplished. We pay our tribute to that accomplishment and the post-independence illustrious service that you rendered to this great nation,” he said.