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Outspoken Former Bulawayo Mayor Mpofu Dies

  • Ntungamili Nkomo

Former Bulawayo Mayor, Alderman Charles Mpofu died Sunday at the United Bulawayo Hospitals after he was crashed by a speeding truck.

The outspoken politician had reportedly accompanied a relative to Emganwini surburb to formalize a traditional marriage when the accident occured.

He was rushed to hospital where he died. Mpofu unsuccessfully contested the last election as parliamentary candidate for the Welshman Ncube MDC in Nketa constituency.

He was fired from the party last November after criticizing the Ncube leadership.

Ncube himself mourned Mpofu in a statement saying his party valued his contribution in the devolution agenda, adding, "we will miss his robust engagements in the democratic struggle.”

"On behalf of the MDC, I wish to convey our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Alderman Charles Mpofu," Ncube said.

"We valued his contribution in the devolution agenda during the time he was with the party, both as a member and as Parliamentary candidate for Nketa in the last general elections.

"We will miss his robust engagements in the democratic struggle. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time."

Mpofu was a member of different political parites including Zanu PF, Zapu, and the MDC. His candid talk constantly earned him enemies in the echelons of the parties that he belonged.

Alderman Matson Hlalo, an MDC-T senator who served for a long time in the Bulawayo council with Mpofu commented that the democratic agenda was poorer without Mpofu.