The Midlands Minister of State, Cde Owen Ncube has called for unity of purpose and active participation of everyone in government programmes in order to enhance economic growth.

The minister was speaking at the burial of the late freedom fighter, Cde Arthur Nkiwane at the Midlands Provincial Heroes Acre in Gweru today.

Cde Nkiwane died last week and was declared a provincial hero.

Addressing mourners, Cde Ncube described Cde Nkiwane as a true hero who worked tirelessly for the development of Silobela community.

He then called upon people to shun corruption and work together for enhanced economic growth and restore the country’s pride as the bread basket of Southern Africa.

Relatives and friends described Cde Nkiwane as a principled cadre, who never got tired in his quest to see the community of Silobela benefitting from its natural resources.

Cde Nkiwane was instrumental in the formation of the Silobela Community Development Trust, known as Peace Mine where 15 villages benefitted from mining resources which created employment of more than 1000 artisans.

Nkiwane together with the Silobela Development Trust contributed to national gold production generating revenue of more than US$5 million between October 2014 and March 2016.

The late Cde Nkiwane whose Chimurenga was Dean Vacks joined the liberation struggle in 1976 and went to Angola where he was trained and later went to Russia for further training.

After the struggle, he joined the President’s Office where he served for several years before retiring.

Cde Nkiwane is survived by his wife, Sukoluhle Moyo, three children and three grand children.