Late VP Msika’s brother Gib­son dies

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Net­sianda Se­nior Re­porter

EX-PO­LIT­I­CAL de­tainee and brother to the late Vi­cePres­i­dent Dr Joseph Msika, Cde Gib­son Msika, has died. He was 85. Mr James Msika, who is the fam­ily spokesper­son, said Cde Msika died yes­ter­day morn­ing at his home in Bu­l­awayo’s Mpopoma sub­urb af­ter suc­cumb­ing to prostate can­cer.

Prior to his death, Cde Msika was the only sur­viv­ing mem­ber in the late VP Msika’s fam­ily. He par­tic­i­pated in the coun­try’s lib­er­a­tion strug­gle and was de­tained in the 1960s for po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism.

Be­tween 1959 and 1960, Cde Msika was PF Zapu’s dis­trict sec­re­tary for youths for Mpopoma/Pe­land­aba. In 1960, he was ap­pointed the party’s or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary in the dis­trict un­til 1962.

Be­tween 1958 and 1961 he worked at the then Rhode­sia Post of­fice as a dis­patch clerk be­fore he was fired for par­tic­i­pat­ing in pol­i­tics.

He later joined the Rhode­sia Om­nibus Com­pany now Zupco be­fore he was ar­rested on po­lit­i­cal grounds.

At in­de­pen­dence, Cde Msika be­came PF Zapu’s deputy pro­vin­cial or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary for Bu­l­awayo.

He played an in­stru­men­tal role in the 1987 Unity Ac­cord signed be­tween PF Zapu and Zanu-PF.

Mr Msika de­scribed the late for­mer po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist as a hum­ble man who con­trib­uted im­mensely to the coun­try’s strug­gle for in­de­pen­dence.

“He de­vel­oped a se­ri­ous back-ache af­ter he was de­tained by the Rhode­sian govern­ment for par­tic­i­pat­ing in pol­i­tics. At pri­son they were forced to carry 20 bags of 70kg of maize meal on their heads as pun­ish­ment and he was hos­pi­talised sev­eral times. Dur­ing Zanu-PF con­gresses and na­tional con­fer­ences, Cde Msika loved to wear his sa­fari suit which was given to him by for­mer Zam­bian Pres­i­dent Ken­neth Kaunda,” said Mr Msika.

Born on De­cem­ber 13, 1931 in Ma­zowe, Mashona­land Cen­tral prov­ince, Cde Msika at­tended Ny­at­suro Pri­mary School in Ma­zowe, St Al­bans Mis­sion in Chi­weshe and Cyrene Mis­sion School in Ma­tobo dis­trict be­tween 1937 and 1945. Cde Msika is sur­vived by wife Jen­nifer and four sons. Mourn­ers are gath­ered at Num­ber 47035/16, Mpopoma sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo. — @mash­nets

The late Cde Gib­son Msika

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