Ken Mufuka: Dabengwa story shows how our dreams were betrayed

Ken Mufuka: Dabengwa story shows how our dreams were betrayed 1

By Ken Mufuka The passing of Dumiso Dabengwa comes as a reminder to all of us that our dreams of a peaceful and prosperous Zimbabwe were betrayed from the beginning. Ken Mufuka The fact that we were all conned by the greatest artist on earth, Robert Mugabe, for the last 40 years, speaks more to our gullibility as a race than to his craftiness. Dabengwa and I belonged to the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (Zapu). From its inauguration in 1963, our leadership under Joshua Nkomo was never disputed. Related Articles…

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Zimbabwe buries Dabengwa, ‘a hero none should have the luxury to forget’

Zimbabwe buries Dabengwa, ‘a hero none should have the luxury to forget’ 2

BULAWAYO – War hero Dumiso Dabengwa was laid to rest in Ntabazinduna on Saturday, after President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputies boycotted. Mnangagwa’s representative, Matabeleland North provincial affairs minister Richard Moyo, was heckled and forced to cut short his address as he spoke from a government-supplied podium with a huge portrait of Mnangagwa at the front. Dabengwa, who died in Kenya on May 23 while returning from India where he was treated for liver disease, was laid to rest alongside his mother at the family’s rural home in Manxeleni village.…

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Dabengwa’s death renews demands for the return of ZAPU properties, records

Dabengwa’s death renews demands for the return of ZAPU properties, records 5

BULAWAYO – The Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) and veterans of its former military wing, ZIPRA, are demanding the return of properties and records seized by the government during Gukurahundi in the 1980s. The death of former ZIPRA intelligence chief Dumiso Dabengwa last month has re-ignited demands for the government to return ZIPRA war records which contain key data. ZAPU’s acting president Isaac Mabuka told a memorial service for Dabengwa held at White City Stadium in Bulawayo last Friday that there was an attempt to delete the history of ZIPRA.…

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Thousands bid Dabengwa farewell

Thousands bid Dabengwa farewell 7

By Nqobile Tshili Thousands yesterday thronged White City Stadium to pay their last respects to national hero Dr Dumiso Dabengwa as speakers from a cross section of society testified to his impeccable liberation war credentials and contributions towards development. Dr Dabengwa’s cortege arrived at White City Stadium just after 10:15AM and was made of the hearse carrying his body, vehicles carrying family members, Government officials, close friends and Zapu members among others. He will be buried in Ntabazinduna today. Dr Dabengwa died last week on Thursday in Nairobi, Kenya en-route…

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Ministers, army chiefs squirm as Zanu PF takes a hammering at Dabengwa memorial

Ministers, army chiefs squirm as Zanu PF takes a hammering at Dabengwa memorial 8

HARARE – Zanu PF officials and military commanders squirmed through Dumiso Dabengwa’s memorial service at White City Stadium in Bulawayo on Friday, as speakers took turns criticising government failings. MDC leader Nelson Chamisa was barred from a VIP tent in which sat Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Phillip Valerio Sibanda, Prisons boss Commissioner General Paradzai Zimondi, Industry Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu, Deputy Defence Minister Victor Matemadanda and Bulawayo’s provincial affairs minister Ruth Ncube. Chamisa finally found a seat at the front of an adjacent tent, where he was joined by his…

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Dabengwa’s widow lost her mum days before he died – and she could not attend funeral

Dabengwa’s widow lost her mum days before he died – and she could not attend funeral 11

BULAWAYO – Dumiso Dabengwa’s window, Zodwa, got a double serving of tragedy inside a month: the loss of her mother and her husband, ZimLive has learnt. Zodwa, known to friends and family as MaKhumalo, was in India by her husband’s side as he battled liver disease when she got news that her mother, Janet Khumalo nee Ndiweni, had died on April 24 last year. “She could not attend her mother burial on April 29 because her husband really needed her, the disease was overwhelming him. MaKhumalo has had the worst…

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Why its a mistake by Dabengwa and others to shun National Heroes Acre

Why its a mistake by Dabengwa and others to shun National Heroes Acre 14

AS a people and an ethnic minority, Ndebele lives have been lives of pain, anguish and real and perceived marginalisation by the Zanu PF government and a Shona majority. It doesn’t help to hear that ours is the fate of minorities the world over. We have always fought for true justice, equal rights and a fair and equitable governance field based on equal citizenship and merit. We have struggled to convince Zanu PF that Zimbabwe is bigger than their party and that all the minorities have the same rights and…

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Football stadium to host Dumiso Dabengwa memorial on Friday

Football stadium to host Dumiso Dabengwa memorial on Friday 16

BULAWAYO – A memorial service for the late national hero Dumiso Dabengwa will be held in Bulawayo on Friday, ahead of his burial in Ntabazinduna on Saturday. Bulawayo residents will get an opportunity to pay their final respects to the liberation war hero at White City Stadium between 10 and 1PM, the Dumiso Dabengwa Foundation said. Dabengwa’s body will lie in state in Ntabazinduna on Friday night. The 79-year-old died in Kenya on May 23 while returning to Zimbabwe following treatment for a liver ailment in India. A condolence book…

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Chamisa criticises Zanu PF MPs after Dabengwa minute of silence snub

Chamisa criticises Zanu PF MPs after Dabengwa minute of silence snub 18

HARARE – MDC leader Nelson Chamisa has condemned Zanu PF MPs who failed to observe a moment of silence for war hero Dumiso Dabengwa in Parliament on Tuesday. MDC chief whip Prosper Mutseyami raised a point of order in the National Assembly, observing: “I see in the House it is just business as usual and we have not noted the passing on of the Black Russian, Hon. Dumiso Dabengwa. “Are we not recognising that hero so that we give him a moment of silence in appreciation of what he did?”…

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Dumiso Dabengwa: an Intelligence Czar and the Zimbabwean State in the Making

Dumiso Dabengwa: an Intelligence Czar and the Zimbabwean State in the Making 20

By Miles Tendi On the night of 15 August 2011, I attended the launch of Wilfred Mhanda’s (nom de guerre Dzinashe Machingura) memoir, Dzino: Memories of a Freedom Fighter in Harare. Mhanda was an important figure in Zimbabwe’s independence struggle – particularly for his role in the formation of ZIPA and the crafting of the Mgagao Declaration in 1975. History makers … Wilfred Mhanda (Left), Murray McCartney of Weaver Press (Middle) and Dumiso Dabengwa (Right) at the launch of Dzino: Memories of A Freedom Fighter, on August 15, 2011 I…

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