Former Bulawayo deputy mayor, Alderman Amen Mpofu has died after battling a kidney ailment for some time.
Mpofu died at Mpilo Central hospital on Friday.
MDC Alliance Bulawayo spokesperson, Swithern Chirowodza confirmed Mpofu’s death saying they have lost a hero who believed in serving the community. Chirowodza said:
His untimely death robs the citizenry and the party of a respected former local government representative. He was a pillar of the MDC Alliance party. He lived and breathed MDC-A and stood with the party through its most difficult times. He was a tremendous asset. His death is a loss not only to his Party but to the political arena of the country as a whole. I extend my deepest condolence.
Bulawayo deputy mayor Mlandu Ncube said Mpofu is the one who introduced him to local government politics. Said Ncube:
As I rose through the ranks I have always been a great admirer of this humble but very effective Alderman. In fact, he is the one who introduced me to local government politics way back in 2007. He believed in the young while spending his years in public life, serving society. Known for his sharp mind, his role in strengthening the party would always be remembered.
In April this year, CITE reported that Mpofu was seriously ill and was battling a kidney ailment that had damaged both organs and left him bedridden.
Back then, MDC Alliance posted on its Twitter account that Alderman Mpofu had refused medical assistance from the First Lady, Auxilia Mnangagwa.
But Alderman Mpofu refuted claims that the first lady had approached him with assistance.