The late Cde Corneous Nhloko who died in a fire accident at his Silobela rural home and declared a national hero, has been hailed as selfless cadre whose dedication to Zimbabwe is unquestionable.

The late Cde Nhloko known by his revolutionary name as Victor Mlambo, was born on June 13, 1948, in Gweru.

He attended Lower Gweru Mission between 1963 and 1964 before proceeding to Solusi College where he completed his Cambridge School Certificate in 1966.

Cde Nhloko left the country for Zambia where he joined the liberation struggle on January 3 1967.

In 1967 he went to Moscow, Russia where he received military training.

In 1975, he was appointed Head of the Intelligence Division of the National Security Organisation, deputising Cde Dumiso Dabengwa in ZIPRA’S revolutionary Council and representing the high command of the movement.

The late Cde Nhloko returned to Zimbabwe on December 27, 1979 and became an Intelligence Officer.

He was promoted to Assistant Senior Intelligence Officer on July 1, 1984.

On July I, 1986 he became the Head of the Counter Subversion Unit for Harare Province.

Through selfless dedication, he was further promoted to the rank of Divisional Intelligence Officer on July 1, 1988.

Cde Nhloko was transferred to the External Branch as Deputy Head Collection Division until July 1992, where he was appointed Liaison Officer to Lagos, Nigeria.

On his return in 1996, he continued as Deputy Head Collection before being transferred to the organisation’s Training Academy on September 01 2001.

He was further transferred to Internal Branch Midlands Province where he was second in charge of all the organisation’s operations in the Province.

Cde Nhloko will be laid to rest at his rural home in Silobela on Thursday.

He is survived by his wife and three children.