PROFESSOR Jonathan Moyoâ€™s obituary of the late Vice-President Joseph Msika â€œMsika, a man of the truth â€ (Zimbabwe Independent August 7) was a curious mix of hypocrisy laced with dishonesty. Of all the people that could have written obituaries on Msika, Jonathan Moyo was the least qualified.
The title of the obituary itself â€œMsika, a man of the truthâ€ tells us a lot about everything that Jonathan Moyo is not. In fact, Moyo is the antithesis of truth and honesty that it is almost impossible to believe if anything he said about Msika is actually true.
Moyo says Msika â€œnever exaggerated his capacityâ€ yet it is Moyo himself who thinks he knows everything and that he is larger than life itself. We are told that Msika loathed the so-called mafikizolos â€“â€“ the textbook politicians who claim to know more than they actually do.
The term mafikizolo became part of our political lingo when it was used in reference to Jonathan Moyo during his time as the governmentâ€™s overzealous Information minister, Zanu PF propagandist and chief apologist. It is possible that Msika might have been thinking of Moyo when he, in Moyoâ€™s own words, became â€œviciousâ€ against certain leaders who thought they had a licence to â€œwilly nilly say or do anythingâ€ just because they had â€œhigh sounding formal educational standardsâ€.
Moyo wants the readers of his obituary to believe that Msika was a principled nationalist who never allowed personal ambition to come in the way of his service to the nation explaining that this is why he never sought â€œhigh positions for their own sake even when opportunities came beggingâ€.
Yet Moyo himself is a cunning opportunist and shameless political vacillator who uses the sad passing away of an 86-year-old man to write a mouthful obituary merely as a political springboard to draw attention to himself in the hope â€“â€“Â I presume â€“â€“ that someone from Zanu PF will notice him and re-admit him after he was unceremoniously ejected from the party for allegedly trying to usurp power from the Zanu PF hierarchy which included Msika. While Msika is described as â€œhumbleâ€ Moyo uses his obituary to describe people with different views from him as â€œfoolishâ€ â€“â€“Â showing that his ego has no limits.
After his well publicised mugodoyi comments where Msika described opposition supporters as dogs, it is difficult to accept that Msika was as virtuous as Jonathan Moyo would have us believe. Even then, to hear a Moyo speak of virtue is like inviting Osama bin Laden to be a key speaker at a conference on peace and democracy.
Hudson Yemen Taivo,