My heart bleeds for Zim: Msipa

HARARE - Respected Zanu PF elder Cephas Msipa says he hopes to live for as long as possible so that he can witness Zimbabweans, the majority of whom are trapped in the jaws of grinding poverty, live in the “promised land of milk and home” that he fought for.

In his 85th birthday message on Saturday, the former Midlands Provincial Affairs minister said his wish is to see a “prosperous” Zimbabwe.

“I still hope to live long enough to leave Zimbabwe more prosperous and united,” he said.

“I am what I am because of the support I received from everyone I have interacted with, young and old, black, white rich and poor.”

Msipa’s comments come as the country’s economy is contracting at a frightening pace, with millions unemployed and the prospects of a brighter tomorrow dimming by the day.

Anger against Mugabe has been rising and last week unprecedented demonstrations swept across the country, with some analysts saying that this could be the beginning of an end for the Zanu PF regime, in power since 1980.

In recent interviews with the Daily News Msipa has been scathing in his attack on Mugabe bluntly saying his old friend has failed to deliver Zimbabwe.

Msipa said the governing party has done nothing to uplift the lives of poverty stricken Zimbabweans since independence from Britain in 1980.

“Milk meant enough to eat and honey represented happiness. I want to see people happy in the country. But I see there is fear, fear to speak and yet that is why we went to war to attain freedom of speech. Many people suffered for this country so that we can be happy, but where is the happiness?”

He also warned Mugabe that his failure to unmask and stop the party’s real factionalists would result in the party splitting into several opposing camps.

Ironically, Mugabe is now casting a lone figure at the helm of both the country and Zanu PF as most of his long time liberation war comrades are now dead and some like Didymus Mutasa were expelled from the ruling party, while the likes of Msipa, have since retired from active politics citing old age.

A man of unwavering principles, also in his explosive book titled: In Pursuit of Freedom and Justice, Msipa criticised Mugabe for failing to name a successor, and suggests that by failing to do so, the increasingly frail nonagenarian is responsible for the turmoil ravaging Zimbabwe.

“Sometime in 2003, several senior members of Zanu PF asked me to persuade ...Mugabe to name and groom the person who would eventually succeed him.

“These people were not wishing Mugabe to go away, they were only saying that one day he will go, as is the way of all flesh,” Msipa reveals in the book.

He also says bluntly that Zanu PF is to blame for the economic rot afflicting Zimbabwe.

“By and large, Zanu PF leaders and members seem oblivious to the critical bearing their conduct has on the nation, and particularly on the economy.

“Zanu PF conduct looms large in the minds of potential investors, and the constant upheavals and bickering within the party give the impression of instability,” Msipa writes.

Comments (7)

stop trying to be relevant cde msipa,zim is beyond yu now

truth - 11 July 2016

Truth chidhanana chera mwena nokuti we are coming after you, you arse licker.

Mudhiniwe - 11 July 2016

@truth, if Zim is beyond a retired 85 year old Msipa, what about a 93 year old still clinging on?

XG - 11 July 2016

Msipa tells it like it is. Mugabe is responsible for naming a successor. Instead, he has sought to extend his rule until he is 99. The fact that he has not done so shows what a selfish bigot he is. Vana Bona will have to live outside the country once you are removed. People are baying for your blood. You have wasted our lives mhani.

Tell it Msipa - 11 July 2016


Zenda - 11 July 2016


ZENDA - 11 July 2016

@ truth – Forgive me for being blunt, but it seems that you are an undercover operative of the repressive government that has held us hostage for the past 36 years. Its funny that even after the suffering of your fellow men, brothers, sisters and the like you choose to be classified as the devils henchmen. Maybe your ignorance stems from the fact that the very government the country is fighting are the very people that batter your bread. My advice to you @ truth is quit your 9 to 5 and get gainful employment that helps uplift your people.

Donnie - 12 July 2016

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