ZIMBABWE Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) Commissioner General Paradzai Zimondi urged officers to build homes for themselves instead of clinging to their jobs even after reaching retirement age.
He said this to hundreds of mourners during the burial of ZPCS Retired Deputy Commissioner General Rhodes Moyo at his rural home in the Samlodi area in Gwanda yesterday.
Dept Comm Gen Moyo was 60. He died on Thursday after suffering cardiac arrest while jogging in Gwanda.
Comm Gen Zimondi said Moyo was a hard-working man who was dedicated to his work.
“Moyo was good at uniting people. His hard work was rewarded with a first ever ZPCS funeral parade,” said Zimondi.
He added: “Moyo’s hard work was not only recognised in Zimbabwe but in the whole of Sadc region. Condolence messages are pouring in from Zambia, Malawi, and Namibia just to mention a few.”
Minister of State in the office of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa Clifford Sibanda said Moyo had a deep hatred for corruption. “He always referred to corruption as a cancer that destroyed the economy. He said entertaining corruption would lead to convicts being brought out of prison before they finished serving their jail terms. Let’s follow Moyo’s footsteps on anti corruption so that we can create a better nation for our children,” said Mr Sibanda, who is also the legislator for Bubi.
Ms Thulisile Moyo, the late Moyo’s daughter described her father as a loving man who worked hard to give his family a better life. “My father left a very huge gap in our lives. He always mentored us to be responsible and respectable. He always looked at the lighter side of life, even in the face of problems he would always tell us to take life easy and stay strong,” said Thulisile.
The late Moyo is survived by wife Jessica, three children and four grandchildren.
Rtd Deputy Comm Gen Moyo was born in Gwanda on 25 February 1956 and attended Selonga Primary School until 1972.
He joined the Rhodesia Prison Service in 1976. He later advanced his academics by writing his Ordinary and Advanced levels and went on to attain a diploma in Public Relations.
He retired from the ZPCS on February 25 this year