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Monday, 02 March 2009

A fond farewell!

Why this is the last you'll hear from Moses for a while

As various contributors to this blog have noticed, Moses Moyo has been quiet of late. And regrettably that's not going to change. For the immediate future, and for a variety of reasons, I am hanging up whatever it is writers hang up, and taking a temporary rest that may not be well earned but is certainly well needed.

It's galling to say goodbye. Zimbabwe is surely now at a turning point in its troubled history, and I shall have to watch in silence as the great experiment in power-sharing - or Mugabe's pointless posturing, whichever way you see it - gets underway.

As regular commentators have been keen to point out, Moses Moyo has sometimes got his predictions wrong. But not often, my friends, not often. And this blog has broken a string of exclusive stories, and led the way in telling the world of the violence, corruption, civil breakdown and personal suffering that has characterised our poor country over the past few years.

So I am proud to pay tribute to my contacts, sources and informants. Without their resourcefulness, honesty and courage, Zimbabwe Today would have been dull reading. Thank you, guys. Stay secret, stay safe.

I won't be tempted to draw more conclusions or make more predictions about the situation in Zimbabwe today. But I would like to finish by recycling an ancient story which, in the context of Southern Africa today, makes as much or as little sense as anything else.

There was once a powerful king who called together the wise men and philosophers in his country and told them to compile a book which would contain all the world's wisdom. They went away for a year, and returned with a book which did indeed contain all the world's wisdom.

But the king was too lazy to read it. Instead he told the wise men and philosophers to go away and write one sentence that would contain all the world's wisdom. They came back after a year with that sentence. It read:

"This too shall pass."

But the king wasn't satisfied. He now told the wise men and philosophers to go away and write one word that would sum up all the world's wisdom. And after a year they came back with that one word. It was:

"Maybe."

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