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Fare thee well Moses Mutyasira

Opinion & Analysis
The only certainty in a hero’s life is that it could end at any moment. As a hero, Moses Mutyasira could not banish dangers, but could banish fears.

The only certainty in a hero’s life is that it could end at any moment. As a hero, Moses Mutyasira could not banish dangers, but could banish fears.

OBITUARY: Masimba Mavaza

The late Moses Mutyasira (in green T-shirt) during a march in Harare’s central business district
The late Moses Mutyasira (in green T-shirt) during a march in Harare’s central business district

We mustn’t demean life by standing in awe of death.

Death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. Eternity . . . such a small word to describe such a haunting vastness.

And so, we ask ourselves: Will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we’re gone and know who we were?

Moses had silently done that.

To take you all back a bit, one thing for sure is many knew the departed Mutyasira. But for those of you who didn’t, he was Zimbabwe People First Manicaland provincial secretary for information and publicity, as well as a founding member of Restoration of Human Rights.

Also, Mutyasira was a founding national chairperson of ZimPolicy Dialogue Institute, where the likes of MDC-T vice-president, Nelson Chamisa, Norton MP Temba Mliswa, ZimPF founding elder, Didymus Mutasa, Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe leader, Elton Mangoma, MDC leader, Welshman Ncube, Kisinoti Mukwazhi, Nathan Banana and Lloyd Msipa were or are still members of the trust.

But Mutyasira, the hero who has lost his life in battle, will not be forgotten soon. Those of us who knew him best will tell stories of his bravery, his heroism, and his sacrifice.

We will talk of how he stood by us through thick and thin, and how we saved each other’s lives more than a few times.

We will carry the memory of Moses our friend in our hearts forever, we will celebrate his life and we will cherish the memories of his fierce loyalty, unwavering convictions, and deep, faithful love.

This hero is gone from this life, but he is not forgotten. He will live on within us. Death is not the end of his story, merely the next chapter.

He has taken his place in resting and waiting for the Lord and will spend eternity with those whose hearts are brave and good, just like his own.

Knowing this hero has made us better people, and for that, we should be grateful. His memory will live on, and it is our privilege and responsibility to ensure he is remembered forever for how honourably he lived, how bravely they fought, and how fiercely they loved.

His vision was a better Zimbabwe, regardless of who controls it. He put together all political gurus, all idiots and all people.

He united those sworn enemies and fished out the best out of them. Such was Moses.

The Lord has taken and the Lord will comfort.

May God bless his family.

May he wait for the Lord in peace. We await the day the Lord will come. This body prone to pain will be changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye.

And the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible.

There will never again be any death, for death will be defeated.

Can we find comfort in the Lord.

Masimba Mavaza is a lawyer based in the United Kingdom and a former magistrate. He can be contacted on Vazet2000@yahoo.co.uk