Cde Misheck Velaphi in short

  • Age: 82
  • Died: 28 April 2019 at United Bulawayo Hospitals due to hypertension.
  • Joined the liberation struggle in 1962 and was one of the first ZAPU guerillas who fought in the famous battle of Hwange.
  • He went through Zambia and then proceeded to Egypt for further military training. Was a member of the Zanu PF National Consultative Assembly.

12:16 – Cde Velaphi’s body being taken to its final resting place.

12:07 President Mnangagwa concludes his speech.

12:03 – President Mnangagwa describes Cde Velaphi as a leader who believed in unity.

12:00 – Our country needs men and women like this hero. Like those who sacrificed to liberate this country, we need people who can rise above personal interests, regionalism, nepotism………from Plumtree to Mutare, we are one people: President Mnangagwa.

11:59 – President Mnangagwa says he met Cde Velaphi at Khami Prison in Bulawayo in the 1960s, when the national hero was sentenced to 7 years in prison. The President also said Cde Velaphi was also detained in several prisons which include Gonakudzingwa and Whawha.

11:54 – He started political activism during his time at Howard when he was training as a teacher: President Mnangagwa.

11:49 – His consistence and commitment to a better Zimbabwe has earned him a place in our hearts, hence a place here at the national shrine: President Mnangagwa.

11:43 –  The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa takes to the podium.

11:42 – Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, Cde Cain Matema takes to the podium to request the President Emmerson Mnangangwa to address mourners.

11:33 – Mr Douglas Dube says Cde Velaphi loved the revolutionary party until his last breath.

11:30 – Family representative Mr Douglas Dube takes to the podium to give his remarks.

11:25 – Official proceedings begin with a word of prayer.

11:00 – Cde Velaphi’s body now at the National Heroes Acre, where scores are gathered to bid farewell to the gallant son of the soil.

10:25 – The body viewing procession underway.  

President Mnangagwa, Vice Presidents; Kembo Mohadi and Constantino Chiwenga, and their spouses now at Stodart Hall.

09:20 – Family members and dignitaries take their seats before the arrival of President Mnangagwa, who will lead the body viewing procession. 

10:00 – Services chiefs at Stodart Hall.

09:20 – The body arrives at Stodart Hall, where President Emmerson Mnangagwa will lead in the body viewing procession.