By Sij Ncube
Harare, October 17, 2016 – FORMER Zanu PF politburo member and Midlands governor Cephas Msipa has died.
Msipa has been in and out of hospital for the past few months battling an undisclosed alignment.
Lloyd Msipa, a relative confirmed the death of Msipa, also former PF Zapu stalwart, at 6:30 Monday morning, adding that the veteran liberation war hero passed away peacefully today at 4am.
“Former Governor Cephas George Msipa, a friend, father and a hero to many passed away peacefully 4am this morning,” he said.
An employee at Schweppes Zimbabwe, where Msipa’s son Charles Msipa is chief executive officer, also confirmed the death of what is considered as the departure of a rare breed of politician to emerge from the ranks of Zanu PF.
Cephas Msipa was born on 7 July 1931 in Shabani in a family of 10 children.
After independence from colonial Britain in 1980, Msipa worked in government first as deputy minister of Youth, Sport and Recreation, Manpower Planning and Development and later as minister of Water Resources and Development and lastly as Governor of the Midlands Province.
He retired from active politics in December 2014 when he decided not to contest for a central committee position.
He recently penned a book in which he categorically challenged Mugabe to quit politics to allow a peaceful transition in Zanu PF