SK Moyo: altruistic freedom fighter. . . declared national hero

The Chronicle

Mashudu Netsianda, senior reporter
PRESIDENT Mnangagwa mourned the nationalist and pillar of the liberation struggle, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, who has been declared a national hero, as a true patriot, courageous and selfless freedom fighter.

Cde Khaya Moyo (76) died of cancer on Sunday at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo, where he was admitted.

Zanu-PF administration secretary Dr Obert Mpofu yesterday announced national hero status to the Moyo family at their Hillside home in Bulawayo.

He said President Mnangagwa bestowed national hero status on Cde Khaya Moyo for the role he played during and after the liberation struggle.

Dr Mpofu said Cde Khaya Moyo will be buried at National Heroes Acre in Harare on a date yet to be determined.

“His Excellency the President and First Secretary of Zanu-PF, Cde ED Mnangagwa conferred the status of national hero on the late Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo, who died on November 14, 2021. The late Cde Simon Khaya Moyo will be buried at the National Heroes’ Acre in Harare and burial arrangements will be announced in due course, ”he said.

“From today (yesterday), the government is taking care of the funeral. Cde Khaya Moyo was a unifying and loving person who never wanted to divide politics. He said ‘I like people to discuss constructive issues, unlike those who discuss fabrics, no issues.’

Family spokeswoman Ludo Khaya Moyo thanked the government for granting the status of deceased veteran nationalist hero.

“As a family, we are touched by the gesture and recognition bestowed on Cde Khaya Moyo by the president and his leadership team by conferring on him the status of national hero. We thank everyone who offered their condolences to the family, ”she said.

“Cde SK was a loving person and even in the family he was a unifier and the family became poorer without him.

His death is a great loss for the family and the nation as a whole. “

Cde Khaya Moyo was a diplomat and former Cabinet Minister, who apprenticed as a young political secretary to the icon of the liberation struggle, the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo during the armed struggle.

In a statement yesterday, President Mnangagwa said Cde Khaya Moyo had distinguished himself as a true patriot, freedom fighter and resourceful and versatile cadre beyond the onerous and risky drudgery of the liberation struggle he embraced with selfless courage.

“The tragic disappearance yesterday (Sunday) of Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo after a long battle with cancer was a profound shock for our nation, for our Zanu-PF party and for me personally,” he said.

President Mnangagwa said the late Cde Khaya Moyo was a pillar of the liberation struggle and a long-time loyal personal collaborator of the former vice president and father of Zimbabwe, Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo.

“On behalf of the Zanu-PF Party, the government, our entire nation, and even 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 this matter. saddest loss.

He declared that Cde Moyo had put all his skills, his intellect and his pan-African vision at the service of the national cause, before and after independence.

“In nationalist politics and structure, he gradually rose through the ranks of then Zapu and later after the 1987 Unity Accord of a united Zanu-PF until I appointed him secretary of the country. information and publicity at the Politburo. In this demanding role, he has become the voice of our party, ”said the president.

The president said that during his illness, Cde Moyo sought medical attention in the country, South Africa and India in the hope that he would recover. He said that although his health had deteriorated, Cde Khaya Moyo had done everything possible for the party, the government and the country as a longtime MP for Bulilima-Mangwe constituency and as a senator. .

“He defended the unity of our people whom he served with total dedication. Without a doubt, our nation will be sorely missed by his wise, grassroots advice, and his characteristic energy and exuberance in all that he has done, ”he said.

President Mnangagwa declared that Cde Khaya Moyo was and remains the hero of the country and the true son of the soil.

Bulawayo Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister Judith Ncube said the country and the Matabeleland region in particular have lost a brave son of the soil.

“We are saddened by the passing of Cde SK and unfortunately in 2021 we lost a lot of experienced and knowledgeable staff in the country. As Matabeleland we mourn the gallant son of the earth and the area is poorer without the Cde SK. The whole country is indeed poorer after his death, ”she said.

“These are people who have constantly guided us. As Bulawayo, we wish to express our deepest condolences to the Moyo family. “

The late Cde Simon Khaya Moyo’s wife Margaret (right) is consoled by relatives and Zanu-PF members during her late husband’s funeral at their home in the suburbs of Hillside yesterday.

Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister Richard Moyo said Cde Khaya Moyo played a key role at the Lancaster House conference and between PF-Zapu and Zanu-PF, which resulted to the union of the two revolutionary parties in December 1987.

“I worked with Cde SK when he was chairman of our national party while I chaired Matabeleland North and even at the time of his death as national party spokesperson we continued to work together. As Matabeleland North, we thank President Mnangagwa for granting national hero status to Cde SK for its contribution to the development of the country before and after independence, ”he said.

Former Zimbabwe Revolutionary People’s Army (ZPRA) military intelligence chief, retired Brigadier General Abel Mazinyane, said he first met Commander Khaya Moyo in Lusaka, Zambia, in 1976, shortly after his return from Uganda where he went to continue his studies at Makerere University. .

“We participated in the liberation struggle together after meeting in 1976 on his return from Uganda. During this time, the struggle was at its peak and Cde SK was immediately instructed to travel to North Korea to attend a meeting, ”he said.

“On his return from North Korea, he brought brochures. He worked with the party administration in Lusaka and in 1977 when Dr Joshua Nkomo came to Rhodesia to physically lead the armed struggle he was with Cde SK Moyo as his personal assistant.

Brigadier General of Rtd Mazinyane said Cde SK also attended international conferences with Dr Nkomo.

“He was the one who wrote Dr Nkomo’s speeches and he had traveled the world. I remember that every time he came back from these meetings we would discuss the results with him as it was somewhat difficult to engage Dr Nkomo on such issues, ”he said.

“Although his job was heavy and demanding as the personal assistant to the President (to Dr Nkomo), he was so dedicated that he would even be called at midnight by the old man to bring in a certain dossier. I have always admired his commitment to his work.

Rtd Brig-Gen said that when Cde SK was appointed Zimbabwe’s ambassador to South Africa relations between the two countries improved as during the liberation struggle Cde Thabo Mbeki, who was then south- African

President, would also accompany ANC President Oliver Tambo to international conferences where they occasionally met.

Cde Richard Ndlovu, Politburo member of Zanu-PF and former MP for Bulilima-Mangwe Nord, said: “I met Cde SK Moyo in 1980 and in 1990 Cde SK expressed interest in running for a parliamentary seat in Bulilima-Mangwe Sud and already deputy, having replaced Dr Isaac Nyathi. In 1990 he was elected MP and we worked together to promote development in our two constituencies, ”he said.

“He held several ministerial posts, including an ambassadorial post for 10 years. He worked tirelessly for this country during and after the struggle. We actually nicknamed the Cde SK Mr 10 Years because he had been government minister in various portfolios for 10 years and ambassador for 10 years and MP for 10 years.

Cde Ndlovu said the late national hero was a man who was always in a jovial mood and liked to promote unity within the party.

“He may have left, but his legacy lives on and as a Bulilima district we have lost a cadre and a leader who was involved in the Zanu-PF party.

Cde Khaya Moyo is survived by his wife Margaret, two sons Khanyisa Mduduzi and Langa Mandlenkosi and three grandchildren.

Mourners are gathered at number 25 Percy Road in Hillside, Bulawayo. – @mashnets

Thelma J. Longworth