By Staff Reporter
His Excellency President Emerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has described the late Zanu PF Politburo member and former diplomat Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo as a true patriot and freedom fighter .
The late was unanimously declared a national hero.
In a condolence message to the Moyo family President Mnangagwa said the nation had lost a dedicated and hard working comrade.
“The tragic demise yesterday of Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo after a long battle with cancer came as a profound shock to our Nation , to our party ZANU-PF and to me personally .
A stalwart of the Zimbabwe Liberation Struggle and a long time loyal personal aide to our late Vice president and Father Zimbabwe , Cde Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo , Cde SK , as we affectionately called him , distinguished himself as a true patriot , freedom fighter and resourceful , versatile cadre beyond onerous and risky chores of the struggle which he embraced with selfless courage”.
President Mnangagwa said the late put all his intellect skills in the Pan African outlook of the national cause both before and after Independence.
“An alma mater of the famous Makerere University , Cde Moyo put all his skills , intellect and Pan African outlook to the national cause , both before and after our independence . It was this rare gift of high intellect which enabled his various deployment and service in numerous capacities .
Without doubt our Nation will sorely miss his wise counsel , grounding with grassroots and his characteristic energy and ebullience in all he did ” , said President Mnangagwa.
Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Bulawayo Metropolitan province , Hon. Judith Ncube said Matebeleland had lost a great hero in Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo who always emphasized on being patriotic.
Ambassador Moyo succumbed to cancer on Sunday at the age of 76.
The late National hero joined the nationalist movement in 1968 as a member of Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) . He received military training in Russia ,cuba and he attended the Malta, Geneva and Lancaster conference which resulted in the Lancaster house agreement together with the Late Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo
After 1980 he became an assistant Secretary in the ministry of home affairs and in 1983 he was appointed in the ministry of justice.
In 1989 he was elected as Zanu PF Central committee member.
The former Senator for Bulilima Mangwe, once served as Zimbabwe’s ambassador to South Africa from 2007 to 2011.
Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course .