Tribute to a befitting hero
EDITOR — As the Midlands Province, we have lost one of our most illustrious citizens on Monday October 17, 2016. As a nation, we have lost one of the rarest species, a true father and a man of integrity. Every Zimbabwean will undoubtedly say the same and mourn in the same way as the Midlanders are doing.
We, specifically from Siboza, Mbolola Village, Zvishavane shall not forget that piped water, the first of its kind known to us in rural Zimbabwe and many other people-centred projects.
I vividly remember the now departed General Solomon Rex Nhongo Mujuru digging the first pipeline to initiate the water scheme at Siboza Primary School grounds back then in 1981.
The ex-Governor’s initiated development programmes have become a lasting impression of his legacy. There are many other development projects that he has initiated and is testimony to his legacy today. When you think of the Unity Accord at the national level and the end of Gukurahundi, our icon Baba CG Msipa springs back not only into memory but to life.
What a fearless and purposeful cadre we had in this our compassionate elder. The Midlands mourns and the rest of Zimbabwe joins us in our mourning. He is/was a man of peace. A man that was full of integrity, love and passion for development and his people. In one of his books, John Maxwell, a guru in leadership, speaks of two old ladies that were walking in a cemetery and they saw an inscription on the grave reading: “Here lies the remains of a honest man and a politician.” The two ladies burst into laughter and said, “We did not know that they can bury two people in one grave.” Yes, I can safely say today, the two ladies can come to the cemetery where Uncle will be buried and that statement would perfectly describe the late ex-Governor. What a man of honesty and integrity. What a legacy!
Uncle Cephas George Msipa stood out like the Biblical Peter, he was rock solid like his name. He was someone that did not give up to his call.
He was one leader who knew how to use the social media. He never used the media to disadvantage anyone or to his advantage in all his effective communication. Yes, a man that commanded respect right from his rural home up to the nation. He was a man that asked questions like a good leader. It would be prudent to try and synchronize the following questions with what uncle Msipa stood for.
How did uncle Msipa discover his unique purpose as a leader? He talked to people. He listened to the people. He took forward the people’s needs. He was a servant leader. He did not seek his personal needs first. He advanced people’s needs ahead of self. Uncle Msipa was unique and he remains unique in that he stood up for the truth. He kept telling the people the truth. He was the only genuine leader that spoke to and with the President about the state of the nation and political situation in Zimbabwe. Yes even the President knows that he was an honest man. As reported in the media, the President did not hesitate to declare uncle CG Msipa a national hero. He was unique. He never lied or pleased anyone. He kept his thoughts and spoke his mind. He did this in humility, seeking justice and peace. That is what made him unique.
What is the most effective daily habit that uncle Msipa as leader developed?
He was a practicing Christian. As an Ex-Dadayan he definitely became a fully fledged member of the Church of Christ. I want to believe that once a Church of Christ member always a Church of Christ. Uncle CG Msipa dedicated his life to develop leaders and educate the nation. There are many university students at state universities that are benefiting from the CG Msipa Scholarship fund. This desire to develop young leaders was his hallmark.
The immense contribution he put to the establishment and success of the Midlands State University cannot be over emphasised. He developed this habit so effectively that after his demise, this leadership development habit should be supported forever. I know full well that there is a Board of Trustees for the CG Msipa Foundation and they will agree with me that this support is needed in this heart rending financial debacle. I would like to appeal to the well wishers out there to keep this dream alive by donating financial resources generously to the CG Msipa Foundation. Long live his educational vision.
How did Uncle CG Msipa motivate or unmotivate people? His life was a motivation. In all his interaction with the community of Siboza, Uncle CG Msipa showed humility. He inspired all level of ages from the young, the youth and the old.
He was admirable, a joy to interact with and level headed politician. He knew when to talk politics and when to laugh. He was a soft spoken and very charming leader. He was charismatic in speech, never letting an opportunity go by without speaking and influencing people to do well. Every time he stood up to speak, he left everyone motivated. There was therefore no moment to unmotivate any people.
How did Uncle CG Msipa work so hard with other difficult leaders who seem to have no vision?
The leader in Uncle CG Msipa kept focused. He kept reminding them of their mandate and was with the people. As governor, he led by example. He made himself available and accessible. The bible tells us in Proverbs 18:29 when it says where there is no vision people perish.
Uncle Msipa harnessed the leadership in the Midlands and showed them the way. He was a no nonsense leader and better still, he kept his peace, love and protective father figure. He commanded respect and showed character. Uncle Msipa spoke the truth all the time. He was not corrupt. He lived a simple life. He counselled many people whose success is credited to his vision.
Uncle CG Msipa taught the people in the Midlands that every leader has room to grow, and the advice he lived will help the many aspiring readers, observers, listeners and current leaders to assess their current position, and structure an effective plan to achieve the goals, vision and legacy left by this great man. He is a national leader, and deserved hero status as accorded and for sure his legacy lives forever. Well done our faithful leader, gone but will always be remembered. We love you. People of Siboza, Zvishavane and the rest of Zimbabwe recognise this tribute to our uncle, father, grandpa and leader in all aspects of it.
Rest in Eternal Peace Baba Msipa We adore your works and the purpose to which they were part. “Lala kahle qhawe lethu! Ulale ngokuthula. Zororai murugare aSekuru.” Uncle CG Msipa you were a consoling inspiration to us all that knew you as a departed son of the Midlands.
MHSRIEP Pastor Tomson Dube, National Technology Chaplain, Bulawayo University Science and
Cde Cephas Msipa