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Minister Seiso Moyo laid to rest

POLITICAL parties yesterday buried their differences and joined the Moyo family in burying the former Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Mr Seiso Moyo.

MP for Nketa and Deputy Agriculture Minister Seiso Moyo
MP for Nketa and Deputy Agriculture Minister Seiso Moyo

Political leaders from Zanu-PF, MDC-T and MDC, who are signatories to the Global Political Agreement and inclusive Government, thronged the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe in Tshabalala where a church service was held in the morning before burial at Lady Stanley Cemetery at midday.

Mr Moyo, who was Member of the House of Assembly for Nketa-Emganwini Constituency on an MDC-T ticket, succumbed to heart failure at the Avenues Clinic in Harare on Friday at the age of 56. Addressing hundreds of mourners, speakers described Mr Moyo, as a peaceful politician, who had the people at heart.

“Moyo was a peaceful man. His politics were different from many of us, he was for peace unlike other politicians who when they talk one would think they are fighting,” said Dr Obert Mpofu, Member of Parliament for Umguza Constituency and Minister of Mines and Mining Development.

The leader of MDC-T, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, who is also the Prime Minister, said he was now a professional mourner because he had buried several members of his party.

“When Mr Moyo (Gorden) phoned me on Friday, I wanted to ignore the call thinking that he wanted to talk about his annual leave, which he has been troubling me about. I have attended so many funerals of members of my party and I now regard myself as a professional mourner because I have buried so many of my colleagues. They are going one by one,” he said.

When we formed this party, Seiso was there and I knew him as a man with focus, which is why we appointed him Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development. “He is the man we had earmarked to be Governor for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province because of his qualities.”

Moyo was appointed Deputy Minister of Agriculture last year to fill the position that the MDC-T had initially earmarked for self-exiled politician Roy Bennett. The party backed down on Bennett after President Mugabe refused to swear him in even after he was cleared of treason charges.