Prominent former Zapu Official C.Z. Moyo dies in the UK

Prominent former Zapu Official C.Z. Moyo dies in the UK
Published: 11 November 2017 | by Rori Masiane

C.Z Moyo talking about persecution of Zapu Officials in the 80s. Click the link to listen to him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5skMU0DA3o


Brethren yesterday the Mountain fell! Yesterday ubabu u Canaan Zinothi Moyo known to many as C. Z. Moyo, he has felt us he passed on to glory.

He dedicated his life to liberate Zimbabwe. I first met Mr Moyo in Sweden in 1979. He was the ZAPU Patriotic Front representative in Stockholm. He was our ambassador.

Mr Moyo returned to Zimbabwe after the Lancaster house talks in the confusion whereby the Patriotic Front entered the post-independence on a divided ticket. ZAPU found itself pitted against its partner ZANU in a deadly scramble for power. The 1962 generation ZAPU were totally unprepared for this. It was a blow to their entire liberation strategy.

We all know what happened. ZANU PF, the junior partner in the Patriotic front emerged the winner of the 1980 Independent Zimbabwe's first General Elections.

 Mr Moyo, along all the other PF ZAPU members, tried to make coalition government work with Zanu until in 1983 when ZAPU was accused of trying to undermine the government of Robert Mugabe. All hell broke loose. Mr Moyo once again found himself in exile as all ZAPU members had to run for their lives including the then leader of the Patriotic front Dr Joshua Nkomo.

The Gukurahundi Genocide had started. Violence was only lessened when PF ZAPU agreed to sign the surrender document accord "The Zimbabwe Unity Accord" in 1987. Well, the massacres stopped but the oppression did not stop. Many PF ZAPU leaders joined ZANU PF. Many Zapu comrades became proper ZANU functionaries, some up to this day. 

Mr C. Z. Moyo was not one to be found in that number. He went on to form the Liberty Party Zimbabwe. The Liberty Party did not make any dent to the ZANU stranglehold on power in Zimbabwe but made one major and significant impact in Matebeleland. Mr  C. Z. Moyo was instrumental in getting thousands of Matebele people, who were fleeing Mugabe’s regime, to overseas countries to seek sanctuary especially the United Kingdom. He will always be remembered for this great intervention in our Nation.

It will be remembered how Mr C. Z. Moyo once addressed an almost empty White City Stadium Rally in Bulawayo but Mr Moyo never gave up. Indeed, when eventually the parties  that mobilized massive support emerged, they were reaping the harvest whose seed Mr C. Z. Moyo and others had planted.

Mr Moyo never compromised on his fight for justice. He was of the old ZAPU school, even when the later Mthwakazi  Nationalism emerged in Matebeleland politics. It did not tickle his fancy that much. Mr C. Z. Moyo was still singing from the old liberation politics of Liberty, ZAPU and children of the soil. This was the politics he understood, the politics he grew in and moulded him to be a politician.

He was a very practical man. He was always talking about development projects. His first trade was carpentry. He could tell you stories of how he took part in the building of the Bulawayo townships back in the 1950s.

He was still planning on how the perpetrators of the Gukurahundi Genocide could be brought to justice. He has  left a baton stick for young emerging Mthwakazi politicians to continue the long race to our Liberty and freedom.

Lala ngukuthula baba Canaan Zinothi Moyo affectionately known as C. Z.


- Source: Rori Masiane published by umthwakazireview.com
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