By ZBC Reporter
THE Vice President, who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care, Gen (Retd) Dr Constantino Chiwenga has expressed shock at the death of the ZANU PF National Spokesperson, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo describing him as a veteran freedom fighter who was humble, dedicated and one who served the country wholeheartedly.
“I was devastated to learn of the death of Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, one of our veteran freedom fighters in the armed struggle for National Independence. Cde Moyo (76), passed away on 14 November 2021, at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo, after battling with cancer for a long time. Ambassador Khaya Moyo was a veteran politician, the Party’s spokesperson and member of the Politburo. He was a humble and dedicated cadre of the armed struggle, who also served the country wholeheartedly, in various capacities,” reads part of the Vice President’s condolence message.
VP Chiwenga noted that the late Ambassador belonged to a pioneering generation of freedom fighters, who started as activists in the Youth Wing of the Nationalist Movement, in the then Rhodesia.
“The veteran politician joined the liberation struggle in Zambia, at a tender age. He was then sent to Makerere University to further his studies. Upon return, he was appointed Political Secretary to the then President of ZAPU, Cde J. M. N. Nkomo. The late Cde Moyo served as Special Assistant to the President of ZAPU, for a very long time,” said the Vice President.
Ambassador Moyo, who died at Mater Dei hospital in Bulawayo on Sunday after a long illness, held several key appointments, among them diplomat, Cabinet Minister and Senator. At the time of his death, he was the Senator for Bulilima and Mangwe constituencies.
“We have lost a doughty fighter and solid veteran of our Liberation Struggle. I wish to express my deepest, most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Moyo Family, especially to his grieving wife, children, the Ruling Party ZANU PF and the nation at large. May they derive solace from the fact that we join them in mourning this illustrious son of the soil, who was one of us and indeed, a determined liberator of his People and Nation,” said Vice President Chiwenga.
Earlier on the President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa sent a condolence message to the Moyo Family noting that the country has lost a true son of the soil whose dedication to the country stands unmatched.
“On behalf of the party ZANU PF, Government, our entire nation, and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to express my deepest condolences to the Moyo Family and in particular, to Mama Moyo and the children on their saddest loss. May they all find comfort in the great honour and regard which or nation held him. He was and remains our Hero and true Son of the Soil,” he said.
President Mnangagwa also spoke highly of the late’s resourcefulness and high intellect which contributed immensely to his versatility.
“Cde SK ,as we affectionately called him, distinguished himself as a true patriot, freedom fighter and a resourceful, versatile cadre beyond the onerous and risky chores of the struggle which he embraced with selfless courage. He Moyo put all his skills, intellect and Pan African outlook to the national cause, both before and after our independence. It was a rare gift of high intellect which enabled his various deployments and service in numerous capacities, including in the Civil Service,|” he added.