The late Cde Michael Joseph Nyakatawa who died on the 13th of this month and was accorded provincial liberation war hero has been laid to rest at the Manicaland provincial heroes’ acre.

Government officials, friends, relatives, former workmates from the President’s Office, the Zanu PF Manicaland provincial leadership and the Nyanga community came in their numbers to give a befitting send off to the late Cde Nyakatawa.

Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Mandi Chimene saluted the supreme sacrifices and dedication of the late Cde Nyakatawa before, during and after independence.

A family representative Brian Nyakatawa said the death of Cde Nyakatawa was a big loss to the whole family.

Born on the 9th of March in 1956 the late Cde Nyakatawa whose Chimurenga name was Cde Joe Mark, joined the liberation in 1976.

He crossed into Mozambique and briefly encamped at Doeroi where he worked under the security and intelligence department in the investigations unity.

In 1978 Cde Nyakatawa went for military training in Romania specialising in artillery at Cengu Training Camp.

He returned to Mozambique and was deployed at Percy Ntini from 1979 to 1980.

The late Cde Nyakatawa joined the President’s department in 1983 and rose through the ranks to senior intelligent officer and was officer in charge of Nyanga district from 1999 until his untimely death.

For his contribution in the liberation struggle Cde Nyakatawa received a liberation war bronze medal.