Alderman Charles Mpofu passes on

BULAWAYO - Former Bulawayo deputy mayor Alderman Charles Mpofu has died.

He was 55.

Mpofu, a shrewd politician, passed away on Sunday evening at a local hospital from injuries sustained when he was hit by a truck loaded with sand.

A family spokesperson told the Daily News yesterday that the ex-deputy mayor was involved in an accident in Emganwini high density suburb where he had gone for a traditional ceremony.

“I was phoned on Saturday to be told that my brother had been ferried to the hospital after he was hit by a truck,” family spokesperson Vusile Moyo told the Daily News.

“Mpofu and his wife had visited a relative for a traditional function in Emganwini but when they were disembarking from their vehicle, a truck carrying sand just approached and swerved from the road ramming Mpofu against his vehicle. The incident took place at around 11am. The driver ran away but I am told he was later arrested,” Moyo said.

After the accident, Moyo said the late Mpofu was ferried to a surgery at Nketa 6 before he was later transferred to United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH) where he later passed away on Sunday night due to injuries.

“When we visited him during the hospital’s evening visiting hour, we found that he had been moved to the intensive care unit and later in the evening at around 11pm we were told he was no more,” he said.

Moyo described the sad departure of Alderman Mpofu as a great loss to the family.

“The family is just struggling to accept that he is no more. We have lost a man who was the link to us as a family. We often called him a unifier, now that he is gone its quite tough,” Moyo added.

Evidence, 19, Mpofu’s second child described her father as a pillar of strength.

“For the short time that we had our dad we managed to learn a lot as he was a mentor, a father and a dear friend. He was a very ambitious man who wouldn’t let other people let him down. He taught us that you can become anything you want in life,” said the teary Evidence.

Alderman Mpofu left behind wife Siphelile and three children.

Mourners are gathered at his 7101 Nketa 9 home while burial arrangements, according to Moyo, will be announced in due course.

Alderman Mpofu, quite a controversial figure in political circles, was known for his no-nonsense stance.

Last year in October the outspoken politician was sacked from the Welshman Ncube-led Movement for Democratic Change over allegations of inciting people against the party and bringing the party into disrepute.

Prior to that, Mpofu had stood for the party as an aspiring member of parliament for Nketa in the July 31 elections which he lost.

Mpofu became councillor for Ward 25 for 15 years before he shifted his focus on the Nketa parliamentary seat in 2008. He has been with Zapu, Zanu PF and the MDC.

He was the deputy mayor of Bulawayo between 2003 and 2004.

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