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Mpofu Becomes Second Top Cop To Be Accorded National Hero Status

Former Zimbabwe Republic Police Deputy Commissioner Moses Griffiths Mpofu has made history by becoming the second top ranking police official to be buried at the National Heroes Acre.

Mpofu (66), whose nom de guerre was Matswata Witness Mhlanga during the war of liberation, died last Friday at United Bulawayo Hospitals after a long illness.

The first senior officer to be interred at the national shrine was the late Senior Assistant Commissioner Winston Zindoga Museve Changara who died on March 27, 2006.

He was former Aide de Camp to the late President Robert Mugabe and died at the age of 52 after a short illness.

According to a statement released by the police, Mpofu underwent several police command-related courses between 1978 and 1979 at Novocherkassk Advanced Police Academy under the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).

After Independence, Mpofu joined the police service in 1981 as a patrol officer and was posted to Mphoengs after training.

He excelled in his career and rose through the ranks to Deputy Commissioner in 1999, a rank which he held until his retirement in December 2003.

Mpofu went to Nsezi Primary School in Tsholotsho before completing his secondary education at Tegwani High School in 1974.

He served at various police stations countrywide including Mayobodo, Fort Rixon, Esigodini, Gwanda, Bulawayo Central and Harare Province. Nhau/Indaba

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