- 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.
12:07 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.
11:43 – 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.
Scores of people in Bulawayo turned out to bid farewell to the late national hero Cde Misheck Velaphi at a memorial service held at Lobengula hall.
Friends, family, fellow Zanu PF members and many others attended the memorial service of the late national hero in Bulawayo to remember the veteran nationalist and freedom fighter’s works.To the family, it was a moment to close a beautiful chapter which they shared with the Cde Ndlovu.
The Minister of State for Bulawayo Cde Judith Ncube and Zanu PF Politburo member Cde Absolom Sikhosana described the late nationalist as a person who had the nation at heart and continued to work hard even after independence.
After the memorial service, the body of Cde Velaphi was then taken to Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport before it was flown to Harare where it will lie in state at 1 Commando Barracks.
09:00 – The burial of the late national hero, Cde Misheck Velaphi is on today at the National Heroes Acre.