Norton MP (independent) Temba Mliswa says the late Simon Khaya Moyo was among senior Zapu leaders who were persecuted by the ruling Zanu PF in the early 1980s.
Moyo (76) died last week after battling cancer and was buried at the National Heroes Acre Monday. Mliswa who was at the national shrine described the late national hero as an outstanding leader who was incorruptible despite the persecution and harassment he went through at the hands of the governing party.
At the time Moyo was a senior ZAPU official, over 20 000 people, mostly Zapu sympathisers were killed by the state during the Gukurahundi era. Mliswa said:
My father was also part of ZAPU. They worked together with Cde Ambrose Mutinhiri. Moyo served loyally in the party and was dedicated to his duties. He did what he had to do.
S.K. is gone too soon for the country he fought for. He was accused of too many things, but I am glad he is a national hero. May we honour our heroes whilst they are alive, and not when they are dead.
Foreign Minister Fredrick Shava described Moyo as a tireless worker, a supporter of Zanu PF.
War veterans Association chairperson Chris Mutsvangwa described Moyo’s death as a loss to the country and the SADC region. He added:
What I learnt from him is that a revolutionary is a man who loves his country regardless of his standing in society.
He was an intellectual of the highest level, but he dedicated his whole life to the freedom of Zimbabwe. At independence, he became a nation builder and he became more important when the country was facing serious challenges of re-colonisation by the British especially after the land reform in the 1990s.
He added that S.K. Moyo ended up in South Africa as a diplomat where he worked with the African National Congress (ANC) ministers to make sure Zimbabwe was saved from a war similar to the one in Iraq.