RESPECTED retired Zanu PF elder, Cephas Msipa, on Thursday night launched his biography titled In Pursuit of Freedom and Justice: A Memoir, in which he documents his experiences – including a portion of his public life – at a well-attended affair in Harare.
BY PHILLIP CHIDAVAENZI
Speaking during the launch of the book, which was published by Weaver Press, Msipa said it had always been his desire to leave a record of his life and public ministry for future generations.
He stressed that while the book could ruffle some feathers in political corridors, it was not meant to attack anyone.
“It’s not my intention in writing my memoir to attack anybody, (but) we must protect freedom and justice,” he said.
Renowned author and academic George Kahari, who said he had known Msipa since 1947, recalled how the retired politician was dedicated to English Literature.
He said through the memoir, Msipa “has immortalised himself” in a very honest and sincere manner.
Speaking at the same event, Terrence Mashingaidze of Midlands State University’s Department of History described the book as “a captivating autobiography”.
“In the main, the book is not about Msipa’s domestic life. It is a political autobiography. More precisely, it is about one man’s modest reminiscences about his modest contribution to nation building over the past half a century,” he said.
He said the book was “an even-tempered” narrative written in simple language and, like any other autobiography, interprets national experiences subjectively.
The book, Mashingaidze said, was a welcome instalment into the body of the country’s political literature that will – together with other pieces of writing – address certain gaps in the country’s political history.
He added that the biography would help to preserve the country’s memories of the liberation struggle, challenges of national building, the indigenisation of the civil service and the land reform programme.