A somber mood engulfed Zimbabwe and the rest of progressive Africa Thursday, when news broke that former Home Affairs Minister, Dr Dumiso Dabengwa had died at the age of 79 years.
Dabengwa, a former intelligence chief with the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) – military wing of the ZAPU party during the liberation war that eventually brought Zimbabwe’s independence from Britain in 1980, was President of a revived ZAPU that pulled out of a 1987 Unity Accord with Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) in 2008.
The Russia-trained liberation war hero – nicknamed the “Black Russian” by the white minority during the war, died in Nairobi, Kenya, while awaiting a connecting flight to his home country from India, where he had gone to seek an operation for a liver ailment a few weeks ago.
In the spirit of celebrating this true son of Africa, who suffered in the hands of both the colonialist Rhodesian regime and under the black majority rule of Robert Mugabe but still did all he could to ensure peace and social cohesion reigned in Zimbabwe – even at the expensive of his personal and political dignity, Africanvoice Global will dedicate the next few days to revisiting stories, quotes and interviews and unpacking more about this African icon.
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