By Nompilo Mathuthu
Bulawayo leaders applauded the work done by the Bulawayo Deputy former Mayor the late Alderman Amen Mpofu.
Alderman Mpofu died at the age of 67 at a local hospital from a kidney failure on Friday.
A meeting was held at the council chambers on Tuesday ahead of his burial at the Lady Stanley Cemetery .
Addressing stakeholders Bulawayo Mayor Councilor Solomon Mguni said the late worked tirelessly to fight for the rights of the less privileged .
” It was a great shock and sadness that we learnt of the untimely death of Alderman Amen Mpofu . He was a gallant and astute civic leader who served with passion working tirelessly to serve the people of Bulawayo . This special council meeting is in recognition of the debates and discussions he held in this august house to acknowledge the role he played in the City and honour his sterling work. ” , said the mayor.
His colleague former deputy mayor and Gwabalanda Councilor Albert Mhlanga , said the late Mpofu was a true leader who was vocal yet humble and gave others a chance in politics.
Bulawayo Deputy Mayor and Ward 1 Councilor Mlandu Ncube , said the late Mpofu will be remembered for his dedication and his work in grooming the youngsters to be better leaders. you have aldermen who worked for the city but go to their houses, these people are living a poor life. He however lamented the poverty that was subjected to former council employees who wallow in poverty after leaving office.
” I was disheartened to hear of his death . As a city we have aldermen who worked for the city but go to their houses, these people are living a poor life and they can’t even buy painkillers. Is this what we want as Bulawayo – that they work for us but struggle afterwards.”
Before joining the council he worked as a businessman running shops in Ntabazinduna.
He was elected as the Ward 2 councilor and sworn into office in 2003 and reelected in 2008 and during his tenure he served as a Deputy Mayor of the City of Bulawayo from 2008 to 2013. He was awarded the title of Alderman in 2018.