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President Mnangagwa mourns Khaya-Moyo

PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has sent a message of condolences the family of the late Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya-Moyo who died at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo on Sunday morning.

In a condolence statement on behalf of the government and the entire nation, the Mnangagwa said the nation 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 an 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 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.

Khaya-Moyo once served as Cabinet Minister in charge of key portfolios such as Transport and Information and as Ambassador to South Africa.

Khaya-Moyo joined Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle in 1968 under Zapu, and received his military training in Russia and Cuba after he completed his Social Science studies in Zambia.

He also worked in Ghana as a university lecturer before joining Zapu full-time as personal assistant to the late Joshua Nkomo.

Khaya-Moyo Moyo attended the Lancaster House meeting in London and was appointed Home Affairs permanent secretary in 1980.

Thereafter, he earned gradual promotion and later on held several Cabinet posts until 2007 when he was appointed the country’s Ambassador to South Africa.

After 2011, Khaya-Moyo came back into local politics and served in both Zanu PF and Government.

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