Former Deputy Commissioner General, Brigadier General (Rtd) Milton Bekithemba Siziba, passed away on August 1 at the age of 71. Recognizing his significant contributions, he has been declared a national hero in Zimbabwe.
In a letter addressed to the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr. Micheck Sibanda, Zanu-PF secretary for administration, Cde Obert Mpofu, conveyed the decision to accord national hero status to the late Brig Gen (Rtd) Siziba. The letter also stated that he would be laid to rest at the National Heroes Acre, with the exact date to be announced later.
The news of his national hero status was delivered to the family and mourners by Politburo member Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube at the family residence in Kingsdale, Bulawayo, on Friday afternoon.
Brigadier General (Rtd) Milton Bekithemba Siziba had an illustrious career, serving as a top prison officer, decorated soldier, and freedom fighter. His dedication and commitment to his country earned him respect and admiration throughout his life. His passing is mourned by the nation, especially in light of the recent loss of another national hero, Baba Ezekiel Guti, the founder of ZAOGA, who passed away on July 5 at the age of 100.
The late Brig Gen (Rtd) Siziba’s interment at the National Heroes Acre will be a fitting tribute to his service and sacrifice. The nation will come together to honour his memory and pay their final respects to a remarkable individual who played a significant role in Zimbabwe’s history.