War veteran and senior intelligence officer in the President’s Office Cde Charles Gumbo who passed away on Thursday and was declared a liberation war hero was buried at his farm in Chivhu yesterday.

Friends, relatives and colleagues converged at the Gumbo farm in Chikomba for the burial of Cde Gumbo who died at Midlands Private Hospital after a long illness.

Several speakers described Cde Gumbo as a dedicated son of the soil who sacrificed a lot for his motherland.

Director Internal in the President’s Office Cde Walter Bhasopo, Major General Trust Mugoba and Acting Chikomba District Administrator Mr Billiart Tasarira said the death of Cde Gumbo has a left big void that will be difficult to fill.

Born on the 24th of April 1954, Cde Gumbo whose Chimurenga name was Cde Jack Benz joined the liberation struggle in 1975 after quitting his job at the then Rhodesia Railways through Botswana at Selebi Pikwe before he was transferred to Zambia where upon arrival he together with his colleagues were taken to Kamwala Prison were most of the ZNUP cadres were kept after the death of Cde Herbet Chitepo.

After release from prison Cde Gumbo was sent to Tanzania where he received training at Morogoro and later in China.

He was assigned to Tanzania as an instructor at Nachingeya Camp.

He joined the President’s Office as a security officer in 1987 and rose through the ranks to become a senior intelligence officer a position he held until his death.

He had retired in 2009 and has been serving the organisation on a special contact.

Cde Gumbo was also the chairperson of the War Veterans Association in Chikomba district from 1997-2003.