The late Deputy Director General in the Presidentâ€™s office, Cde Mennard Muzariri, who passed away in Harare on Monday morning, has been described as a consistent and reliable cadre who committed his life to serving Zimbabwe.
Zanu-PF Politburo members, cabinet ministers and other senior government officials visited the Muzariri home in Borrowable, Harare to convey their condolences following the passing on of the CIO Chief, who has since been declared a national hero.
Zanu-PF National Chairman, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo described the late intelligence supremo as a dear comrade, who before and after independence served the country diligently and with unquestionable patriotism.
â€œHe was a dear comrade whose record speaks for itself.
He served this country with great patriotism and enthusiasm,â€ Cde Moyo said.
Minister of State for National Security, Cde Sydney Sekeramayi described the late Cde Muzariri as a dedicated cadre who worked tirelessly especially during the apartheid era in South Africa to ensure that Zimbabwe was not destabilised.
â€œHe is one of the cadres who during the apartheid era worked diligently to ensure that the disturbances down south would not affect our integrity,â€ he said.
Cde Muzariri left the country to join the liberation struggle in 1973.
He received his initial military training at Mgagao Camp in Tanzania and proceeded to an Advanced Instructorâ€™s Course at the same camp.
In 1978, he went to Zambia where he worked at the partyâ€™s office as an administrator.
Later in the same year, he was posted to Botswana where he worked as Political Commissar at the partyâ€™s office.
In 1980, Cde Muzariri worked in the Prime Ministerâ€™s office as an intelligence officer.
In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Director General in the Presidentâ€™s office, a post he held until the time of his death.