TRANSPORT and Infrastructural Development minister Obert Mpofu yesterday described the death of Ray Dokotela Moyo, who passed away on Sunday, as a great loss saying he was instrumental in development initiatives in the region.
The prominent businessman and transport operator died after collapsing at his Selbourne Park home in Bulawayo. He was 62.
Mpofu said Moyo was not only prominent in the transport sector, but was a successful farmer and came from a Christian family that always assisted other people.
“He was someone who worked very hard and was in the transport industry for a very long time. The family are members of the Umguza community and we worked very well with them,” said Mpofu, who is also the Umguza MP.
“He was also involved in farming and was one of the pillars in the field. The whole Dokotela family, from his father, are a God-fearing family that we went to church together with and have worked very hard to develop the community. We are saddened by this sudden loss.”
Family spokesperson Todd Moyo said the businessman would be buried at the West Park Cemetery in the city on Thursday instead of tomorrow as had earlier been announced.
“We are planning to bury him on Thursday morning at West Park.
“The burial should start at 10am. We had initially planned the burial for Wednesday, but because we had booked a double grave, we were told the process takes a bit longer,” he said.
“We will have a service at home in Selbourne Park at 8am and from there proceed to West Park Cemetery for the burial.”
Moyo was born on March 10 1952 and attended Mkombo Primary School near Khami before enrolling at Mzilikazi High School for secondary education.
He at one time served as chairperson of the Rural Bus Operators’ Association.
He is survived by nine children and 10 grandchildren.
Mourners are gathered at 14941 Imvubu Crescent, Selbourne Park in Bulawayo.