For­mer top cop laid to rest

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FOR­MER police of­fi­cer com­mand­ing Mata­bele­land South and North Prov­inces, Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Boy­athi Ng­wenya who died on New Year’s Day, was laid to rest at Umvut­sha Ceme­tery Park in Bu­l­awayo, yes­ter­day.

Ng­wenya aged 65, who was now work­ing at the High Court in Bu­l­awayo as a court as­ses­sor passed on at Mater Dei Hos­pi­tal af­ter a short ill­ness. His burial was pre­ceded by a mov­ing and emo­tional funeral ser­vice at the United Con­gre­ga­tional Church of South­ern Africa (UCCSA) City Cen­tre Branch where he was the head dea­con. The ser­vice was led by Rev­erend Lot Mpofu while for­mer Zifa vice-pres­i­dent and High­landers chair­man, Ndu­miso Gumede was the direc­tor of cer­e­monies.

In a grave­side speech read on his be­half by the newly de­ployed of­fi­cer com­mand­ing Bu­l­awayo Province, Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Hap­py­more Si­gauke, the police Com­mis­sion­erGen­eral, God­win Matanga, de­scribed Ng­wenya as a ded­i­cated police of­fi­cer who served the force with aplomb. Comm-Gen Matanga said Ng­wenya’s il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer and suc­cess in the police force was ev­i­denced by the pro­mo­tions he en­joyed dur­ing his pe­riod of ser­vice.

“Yet he re­mained po­lite, meek and hum­ble. You fought a good fight, you fin­ished your race and you kept our faith,” said Comm-Gen Matanga.

Comm-Gen Matanga said Ng­wenya sharp­ened his skills by at­tain­ing high qual­i­fi­ca­tions in the fields of pub­lic re­la­tions, busi­ness man­age­ment and mar­ket­ing among oth­ers. Ng­wenya was born on 3 May 1954 in Nkayi District, Mata­bele­land North Province. He did his early ed­u­ca­tion at Si­valo, Dakamela and Mbuma Mis­sion schools and later on en­rolled at Kana Se­condary School for his se­condary ed­u­ca­tion where he sat for Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate in 1970, which he passed well. He was at­tested into the

Bri­tish South African Police (BSAP) in 1972 and he did his police train­ing at Tom­lin­son De­pot in the then Sal­is­bury, now Harare.

Upon ac­quir­ing his O-level qual­i­fi­ca­tion he was up­graded and pro­moted to the rank of Pa­trol Of­fi­cer in 1978. In 1981 he was pro­moted to the rank of In­spec­tor and was sub­se­quently trans­ferred to Police Gen­eral Head­quar­ters (Fi­nance Sec­tion).

In 1982 he was pro­moted to the rank of Su­per­in­ten­dent thus ap­pointed Jus­tice of Peace for Zim­babwe and was sub­se­quently trans­ferred to the Police Gen­eral Head­quar­ters as secretary for the Board of Trustees (BOT). He was fur­ther pro­moted to be the Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent and be­came Staff Of­fi­cer Fi­nance in 1986.

He con­tin­ued to work even harder than be­fore and in recog­ni­tion of his hard work he was pro­moted to the rank of As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner in 1991. In 1994 he was fur­ther up­lifted to the rank of Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner. He was de­ployed to com­mand Mata­bele­land South. In 1999 he was trans­ferred to head Mata­bele­land North. In 2001 he was trans­ferred to Police Gen­eral Head­quar­ters as Chief of Staff. Ng­wenya re­tired in 2002.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Con­stance, seven chil­dren and five grand­chil­dren.

Se­nior police of­fi­cers (left) fol­low pro­ceed­ings at the funeral ser­vice of the late for­mer ZRP Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Boy­athi Ng­wenya at the United Con­gre­ga­tion Church of South­ern Africa in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day

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