By Ntando Dube
THE Joice Mujuru led National People’s Party (NPP) has lost one of its founding members, Mthulisi Clifford Lute Moyo.
Moyo passed on at Johannesburg’s Edenville Hospital in South Africa after a short illness.
He was set to be buried during the weekend in his home area, Gwambe village in Plumtree as his body was being repatriated.
Moyo is a former NPP provincial commissar and Johannesburg party chairperson.
He is credited with helping establishing and shaping NPP in South Africa when it was still going by the name Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF).
Moyo is said to have been so dedicated to the party’s cause to a point of also channelling his own resources towards party programmes
NPP were saddened by the sudden death of their colleague.
“We never thought that Moyo will leave after we managed helping in the removal of the dictator Mugabe. We wanted him to be part of the new Zimbabwe that we are still fighting for. He was a visionary leader whom any sane person or any party will want in their ranks,” said Gibson Zvenhamo an official of NPP in Johannesburg.
“We have lost a leader whose gap will never be replaced by anyone.”
Close friend Mkhululi Chimoio said Moyo’s death was depressing.
“It is depressing that good people exit this earth while the evil remain behind. Mthulisi is one person who was committed to the struggle of a better Zimbabwe.
“He is one person who always pioneered and preached peace. He envisaged a Zimbabwe that knows no tribe, race or boundaries.
“It is sad that he left us while we still trying push and force the government to work collectively with all progressive forces in the country, be it be in the opposition or ruling forces.
“We owe it to Mthulisi to see a better Zimbabwe where our children and generations do not experience sad lives we went through under Mugabe.”
Family spokesperson and brother to the late NPP activist Zakhele Moyo said the family was saddened at the loss.
“We lost one of ours. He experienced challenges with ulcers and unfortunately when he was admitted at the hospital he did not make it out.
“We are still shocked to learn that he succumbed to Meningitis linked disease) Brain TB). We are still not getting how it came out to be another illness that took away his life. It is unfortunate for us and as the family and my young brother he left us in shock,” he said.
Moyo is also survived by his wife and children.