Zesa reconsiders Dema power plant

Source: Zesa reconsiders Dema power plant | Herald (Business) Tawanda Musarurwa Senior Business Reporter The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has approached Sakunda Holdings over possible resumption of electricity generation at the private firm’s Dema diesel power plant. The Dema power plant has been mothballed for the past 18 months after Zesa’s transmission […]

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Source: Zesa reconsiders Dema power plant | Herald (Business)

Tawanda Musarurwa Senior Business Reporter
The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has approached Sakunda Holdings over possible resumption of electricity generation at the private firm’s Dema diesel power plant.

The Dema power plant has been mothballed for the past 18 months after Zesa’s transmission and distribution arm said it no longer required power from the plant. The plant has design capacity of 100 Megawatts (MW).

Sakunda Holdings chief operating officer Charles Chitambo, yesterday told a touring Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy and Development that the diesel powered plant could resume power production.

He said this was because drought conditions that necessitated establishment of the plant in 2015 had resurfaced.

“The reason why we are not producing any power is technically that some 18 months ago ZETDC said they no longer require this power.

“From the best of my understanding, at that time Eskom was able to give them power and they were able to obtain power cheaper from Eskom than ourselves. Right now Eskom can’t give them that power,” he said.

“At that time there was no drought in the nation, which is what we had in 2015 when we started. And this time we are in a different situation so I am aware that ZETDC has asked Sakunda if they can restart the plant, but as we speak we are not transmitting.”

There, however, are serious concerns over the sustainability and economic cost of using the plant given the price of diesel in the country as well as its availability at a time the country is experiencing shortages.

“I get charged for the equipment and the power generation, the sum total of all the charges that I pay means I have to at least cover over 0,10 to 0,11 cents per kilowatt hour in US dollars. I am in business so I do not charge ZETDC the same tariff rate, I charge them starting at US0,13c,” said Mr Chitambo.

“The primary reason why we charge in US dollars is that we are pricing against what we transmit to Aggreko Plc (Sakunda’s technical partner for the Dema plant) eventually.

“When we were operating we were exempt and as we seek to restart we have to seek the same exemptions. The US0,13c per kWh took into account that were had (fuel duty) exemptions. If we did not receive the exemptions the cost of power would be in the order of 0,22 to 0,23 US cents per kWh.

Meanwhile the Sakunda COO said the restart of the Dema power plant will also give impetus to a deal that was struck between Zimbabwe and Zambia over the clearance of a debt relating to the now defunct Central African Power Corporation (CAPCO), a power firm jointly owned by the two governments when they were still part of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, which was dissolved in 1963.

The debt was for the shared cost of the Kariba Dam construction and associated infrastructure during the tenure of the CAPCO.

In December 2017, then Secretary for Finance and Economic Planning Willard Manungo said Zimbabwe had struck a deal with Zambia on payment modalities for US$114,8 million interest on the federation-era debt that Lusaka is owed by its southern neighbour.

Mr Manungu would not offer more details.

The interest component originated from a US$70,8 million debt which Zimbabwe inherited after taking over power generation assets that had been shared with Zambia before the collapse of the federation.

Mr Chitambo told Parliamentarians Sakunda was optimistic that the Zambia deal would materialise if the Dema plant resumes operations.

He said the deal would depend on Sakunda getting certain exemptions, which would enable Zimbabwe export power to Zambia at a prescribed tariff rate to amortise its arrears.

“And because my discussions with the Government are not yet complete I could not come here and restart the plant. And the Zambians are not taking because the Zimbabwean side as a whole are not ready,” he said.

“So what would be in it for the Government is, the same way that Sakunda paid off the nation’s debt of maize consumed from Malawi, basically the foreign debt would be reduced by the power that was generated by Sakunda.

“It was not national service. We asked that we would be paid the equivalent of that foreign currency in RTGS$.”

“My take is that we and Government will have to put the national interest first in considering whether to consummate the Zambian deal or to activate the plant and put the power on the national grid for use within Zimbabwe,” said Mr Chitambo.

With a local demand of about 1 700MW, Zimbabwe has a supply of just under 1 000MW and relies on imports to plug the deficit.

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Obituary: Dumiso Dabengwa: Gone too soon

Source: Obituary: Dumiso Dabengwa: Gone too soon | Newsday (News) “Ngizafika ngithini kuboJZ, kumdala uNkomo, kuMsika, lakumama uLesabe, kunye labanye bami bonke esasisonke empini if I were to die today and leave Zimbabwe in this State? We need to get our country going.” By Methuseli Moyo These words, said more than once by Dumiso Dabengwa […]

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Source: Obituary: Dumiso Dabengwa: Gone too soon | Newsday (News)

“Ngizafika ngithini kuboJZ, kumdala uNkomo, kuMsika, lakumama uLesabe, kunye labanye bami bonke esasisonke empini if I were to die today and leave Zimbabwe in this State? We need to get our country going.”

By Methuseli Moyo

These words, said more than once by Dumiso Dabengwa (DD), rang in my mind on hearing the sad news about his passing on in Kenya on his way from India where he had gone to seek medical attention. These utterances were made by Dabengwa soon after he had just pulled his Zapu party out of the 1987 Unity Accord with Zanu PF, convinced that the peace agreement only served to entrench Zanu PF hegemony.

DD was one man who loved his country and people. This, I know very well. My exposure to him during my tenure as Zapu’s director of publicity between 2008 and 2011 taught me a lot about Dabengwa the person, Dabengwa the freedom fighter, Dabengwa the commander of intelligence for Zipra and Dabengwa the politician.

Some of his virtues were patience and willingness to listen to anybody and everybody. At the end, he would say a few, but definite words. He never wanted a gulf between him and the people. Six decades of politics and 17 years of war failed to kill Dabengwa the person.

He remained Dumiso or simply Du, even to people young enough to be his grandchildren. That was his hallmark. He was affectionately loved. And he reciprocated. I worked for Zapu for three years, most of the period without pay. It was Dabengwa’s fatherly bearing on me that kept me going. He could motivate dead soldiers. He would take out his lunch box and offer me his home-made sandwich if he thought I had nothing to eat. He would take out his wallet and offload the only note for you when he thought you needed it more than him.

I consider myself privileged to have worked with Dabengwa at a critical moment in his life. He seemed to be a soldier racing against time. He wanted things to go back where they were for Zapu, and Zimbabwe. Sadly, the circumstances, and time, were against him. He has departed without being able to witness the Zimbabwe he wanted.

I had the privilege to interview Dabengwa for excerpts for a book someone was writing about his life.

“Dr D” was very clear about one thing. I quote: “When I die I want to be buried ngakithi, eNtabazinduna, Edibheni line,” he told me.

I asked: “But mdala you are definitely a national hero, and no one can deny you that status and place at the national shrine?”

He answered: “Those are my wishes (to be buried in Ntabazinduna).”

I did as the commander wished, and recorded his statement the way he said it. Hopefully, that book has been, or will be published soon. I also interviewed his brother and sister, who both gave very generous accounts about Dabengwa the person.

As I write this piece, I wonder ukuthi uthini uDabengwa to his fellow liberation icons wherever he is.
Despite the challenges, Dabengwa never regretted the war of liberation. “The war was absolutely necessary,” he would say.

When I asked him about the shooting down by Zipra of Rhodesian aeroplanes that killed civilians, he shot back: “War is war. A lot of unpleasant things happened on both sides during the war. When they bombed (the late Vice-President Joshua) Nkomo’s house in Zambia and almost killed him was it not war? When they bombed children in our camps was it not war? War is war.”

Hamba kuhle mdala wami!

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Refugees’ dignity assured: Govt

Source: Refugees’ dignity assured: Govt | The Herald May 24, 2019 Minister Nzenza Rumbidzayi Zinyuke and Freedom Mutanda Government is committed to ensuring the protection of the rights of its citizens including the refugees who are staying in the country, an official has said. Speaking at the belated World Red Cross Day at Tongogara Refugee […]

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Source: Refugees’ dignity assured: Govt | The Herald May 24, 2019

Refugees’ dignity assured: GovtMinister Nzenza

Rumbidzayi Zinyuke and Freedom Mutanda
Government is committed to ensuring the protection of the rights of its citizens including the refugees who are staying in the country, an official has said.

Speaking at the belated World Red Cross Day at Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge, Minister of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare Dr Sekai Nzenza said the growing number of refugees at the camp was a cause for concern and called for more interventions to ensure that the refugees’ dignity is maintained.

This year’s commemorations were held under the theme “Everywhere for everyone: Love”’.

“Here at Tongogara camp the Government’s main objective is to ensure that we are promoting human rights. The dignity of all here in this camp and the protection of all,” she said.

“There are other issues that need to be addressed such as the protection of children and vulnerable people, the disabled, the elderly as well as those suffering from psycho-social illnesses.

“As the minister responsible for the management and administration of Tongogara Camp, I am making a commitment that Government will listen to the challenges that are being faced here and address them. We are in the new dispensation. We no longer do business as usual. We have to do what is right. What is right for our people and what is right for the refugees.”

Tongogara Refugee Camp now has a population of 12 290 of whom 72 percent are from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Others are from Sudan, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Somalia and Burundi.

Minister Nzenza said the country had been recording an increase in the number of refugees from Mozambique as well.

She expressed concern at the high number of children enrolled at Tongogara Primary School who were being taught by a few available teachers.

“We have more than 2 000 school children at the primary school. The teacher to student ratio is way too high at one teacher to 60 students. This is a situation which my colleague in the Ministry of Education and I will be discussing to see how we can support the children here,” she said.

Speaking at the same event, Zimbabwe Red Cross Society president Mr Edson Mlambo said the humanitarian issues the world faces needed a collective approach to solve.

“They will also be solved by people who come together fuelled by a determination and passion to alleviate human suffering,” he said.

He said the Red Cross was mandated to act as an auxilliary to public authorities giving the organisation authority to serve the most vulnerable people.

He said the Red Cross was one of the first organisations on the ground in Chimanimani after Cyclone Idai hit the area.

The organisation recognised 12 volunteers including Red Cross humanitarian ambassador Alick Macheso, and awarded them medals for the assistance they rendered during the cyclone disaster.

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US$70k radiotherapy machine repairs begin

Source: US$70k radiotherapy machine repairs begin | The Herald May 24, 2019 Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals ( file pic) Paidamoyo Chipunza Senior Health Reporter THE repair of radiotherapy machines at Parirenyatwa and Mpilo hospitals has begun following the release of about US$70 000 by the Government. South African engineers are working on two of the […]

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Source: US$70k radiotherapy machine repairs begin | The Herald May 24, 2019

US$70k radiotherapy machine repairs beginParirenyatwa Group of Hospitals ( file pic)

Paidamoyo Chipunza Senior Health Reporter
THE repair of radiotherapy machines at Parirenyatwa and Mpilo hospitals has begun following the release of about US$70 000 by the Government.

South African engineers are working on two of the three machines at Parirenyatwa, after which they will proceed to Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo.

Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals spokesperson Mr Lainos Dhire said the engineers had given them up to next week to complete the work on the two machines, a linear accelerator DMX and 600C.

“Engineers from South Africa are now on site and are already repairing the radiotherapy machines. The spares that we were expecting from Belgium and United States of America were delivered to the hospital during the weekend.

“We expect that the machines should be working by next week,” said Mr Dhire.

Parirenyatwa Radiotherapy Centre stopped operating completely last month following the breakdown of its last operational machine.

Similarly, machines at Mpilo Central Hospital have been down for some months now.

Mpilo last offered radiotherapy services in November last year, a situation that saw patients being referred to Parirenyatwa.

Curative services principal director in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Sydney Makarau said Mpilo was finalising work on installing an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) machine, which was bought sometime last year.

Dr Makarau said once that work is completed, the same engineers working at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals will be expected to commence repairs at Mpilo Central Hospital.

“We are hoping to get feedback on progress so far in terms of installing the UPS at Mpilo after which engineers will go and repair the radiotherapy machines,” said Dr Makarau.

The UPS machine enables patients to have radiation sessions continuously without the challenge of power interruptions from the local power supplier.

Without the UPS machine, radiotherapy machines were prone to breakdowns due to power cuts.

Radiotherapy treatment uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumours and also damages the DNA within cancer cells.

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Horror as vendor loses five teeth in fight over cabbage leaves

A BULAWAYO man was severely assaulted and subsequently lost his teeth after asking a fellow vendor what happened to cabbage leaves that he left at a vending bay to run errands. Lewis Ngwenya and Kwanele Ndlovu both run vending stalls at a vegetable mar…

A BULAWAYO man was severely assaulted and subsequently lost his teeth after asking a fellow vendor what happened to cabbage leaves that he left at a vending bay to run errands. Lewis Ngwenya and Kwanele Ndlovu both run vending stalls at a vegetable market along George Silundika Street and Sixth Avenue. Ngwenya is said to […]

Govt to improve agric colleges — minister

Source: Govt to improve agric colleges — minister | The Herald May 24, 2019 Minister Murwira Natasha Kokai and Geraldine Zaranyika Government is set to formally incorporate agricultural colleges into the modern tertiary education system as human skills are fundamental in achieving the Vision 2030, Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor […]

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Source: Govt to improve agric colleges — minister | The Herald May 24, 2019

Govt to improve agric colleges — ministerMinister Murwira

Natasha Kokai and Geraldine Zaranyika
Government is set to formally incorporate agricultural colleges into the modern tertiary education system as human skills are fundamental in achieving the Vision 2030, Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira has said.

Speaking during a Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) business luncheon in Harare yesterday, Prof Murwira said it is vital for agricultural colleges to be well-funded as agriculture is one of the key players in the economy.

“Agricultural training colleges are on their way to being properly organised. We need to incorporate them within our tertiary systems. Now, there is a Bill being drafted and the results are expected by the end of this quarter.

“These programs are key in ensuring that we produce well trained and highly skilled artisans that will contribute toward the attainment of Vision 2030,” he said

Minister Murwira said Zimdef is important in ensuring the development of a modernised and innovative economy.

“Zimdef is key in ensuring that industry continues to get relevant and requisite human capital through funding the various human capital development programs,” he said.

Professor Murwira said Government had inherited a colonial education system 3.0 which was designed to produce workers and was now moving to 5.0 aimed at churning out industrialists.

He said the 5.0 education system was anchored on teaching, research, community service, innovations and industrialisation.

“Chinhoyi University of Technology is a good example of our drive to education 5.0. We started funding the automation of a cattle breeding project where we now have capacity to produce seven million pedigree bull semen straws per year. This translates to a revenue of US$140 million annually,” said Professor Murwira.

Through the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, the country is making significant strides towards adopting Education 5.0 model.

The 3.0 model, made up of three core areas teaching, research and outreach, was inherited from a colonial system which was structured to produce a pool of labourers to service the settler economy.

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MINISTER’S SON TAKES WHITE FARMER TO COURT OVER FARM

CHIPINGE farmer and retired Swiss banker, Richard Le Vieux,
who has established a reputable business of exporting coffee, avocados and
macadamia nuts for the past 30 years, appeared in court on Wednesday charged
with failing to vacate part of FarFell…

CHIPINGE farmer and retired Swiss banker, Richard Le Vieux, who has established a reputable business of exporting coffee, avocados and macadamia nuts for the past 30 years, appeared in court on Wednesday charged with failing to vacate part of FarFell Coffee Estate to make way for Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Ellen Gwaradzimba’s son. Le Vieux, director of Farfell Coffee Estate (

Dabengwa: Struggle stalwart, war strategist, epitome of unity 

Source: Dabengwa: Struggle stalwart, war strategist, epitome of unity | The Herald May 24, 2019 Dumiso Dabengwa Sifelani Tsiko Environment, Agric & Innovations Editor The death of liberation struggle stalwart Dumiso Dabengwa after battling with a liver disease has robbed the country of a distinguished military strategist and leader who shaped and influenced the 16-year […]

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Source: Dabengwa: Struggle stalwart, war strategist, epitome of unity | The Herald May 24, 2019

Dabengwa: Struggle stalwart, war strategist, epitome of unity
Dumiso Dabengwa

Sifelani Tsiko Environment, Agric & Innovations Editor
The death of liberation struggle stalwart Dumiso Dabengwa after battling with a liver disease has robbed the country of a distinguished military strategist and leader who shaped and influenced the 16-year protracted armed struggle to free Zimbabwe.

His death at 79, is a sad loss to a cadre who was one of the major drivers of the ZANU and ZAPU Unity Accord of 1987.

His distinguished military and political career both before and after independence played a significant role in the transformation of the country’s social, economic and political landscape.

Dabengwa in many ways, is part of the DNA of the liberation struggle of Zimbabwe which between 1964 and 1980 took the form of guerrilla warfare which led to the independence of the country in 1980.

In February 1964 ZAPU decided to send out part of its national executive, consisting of James Chikerema, George Bodzo Nyandoro, the national secretary, Jason Ziyapapa Moyo, the national treasurer, George Silundika, the national secretary for publicity, and Edward Ndlovu, the deputy national secretary to Zambia to organise the struggle, it was a major turning point in the struggle against white settler colonialism.

This leadership met a number of youths who had escaped to Zambia to join the armed struggle.

Among the first cadres to be sent to the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republic in 1964 were Dumiso Dabengwa, Akim Ndlovu, Ethan Dube, Edward Bhebhe, Gideon Ngoshi, Joseph Nyandoro, Ambrose Mutinhiri, Jabulani Ncube and Robson Dayford Manyika.

Other freedom fighters were sent to Bulgaria, and a small number to China and North Korea.

In November 1964, Algeria also took a group of 120 recruits which included veteran war hero Alfred Nikita Mangena who later became one of the most distinguished ZAPU military commanders.

Zapu despatched many recruits to different socialist countries for specialist training, including trade unionism.

After 1977, following the death of Zapu vice president, Jason Ziyapapa Moyo, who headed the War Council, the late veteran nationalist Joshua Nkomo together with Akim Ndlovu, Dabengwa, Samuel Munodawafa and Zipra Commander Alfred Nikita Mangena and his deputy Lookout Masuku recalibrated the Zipra war machine outlining the ideology and strategies of the liberation movements in its fight against the Rhodesian regime.

Dabengwa was part of this war council that drew up a whole new strategy which was described by renowned historian Prof Ngwabi Bhebhe as “both ambitious and radical compared to anything thought of previously.”

“Its principal aim was to create semi-liberated areas in northern Zimbabwe which would constitute the new headquarters of the ZAPU liberation struggle. This required the concentration of all the ZAPU military forces and energies in the area,” wrote Prof Bhebhe in his book titled: “The ZAPU and ZANU Guerrilla Warfare and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe.”

Dabengwa was an indisputable military strategist and war commander which saw him being called the “Black Russian,” a name which instilled great fear in the Rhodesian army ranks.

In the post independence era, he played a big role, first in the bringing of unity between ZANU-PF and PF-ZAPU and later in rolling out various activities by Government that sought to enhance the country’s development.

He was a key figure in all efforts that were made to end the 1980s disturbances that led to the unnecessary loss of lives and division of the country along ethnic lines.

The Matabeleland-Midlands disturbances of the early 80s were a tremendous loss for Zimbabwe. There is no actor who was involved who was left untouched.

It was the heaviest burden ever experienced by the country and it led to deep-seated perceptions of exclusion, mistrust, and apathy.

In the national fabric, the conflict brought about division and ethnic antagonism. It left Zimbabwe scarred.

It is the silent talks that were spearheaded by Father Zimbabwe Joshua Nkomo, Dabengwa and their compatriots within the ZAPU camp as well as their former foes in ZANU-PF led by Robert Mugabe that led to Unity talks.

Dabengwa played a key role in reaching out to the masses to understand the peace process that the two liberation movements later forged in 1987.

The Herald, here shares veteran nationalist Dabengwa’s sentiments regarding the Unity Accord:

“During the Patriotic Front, the two organisations (Zapu and Zanu) were very close and they worked together. Once there was the split, when Zapu was thrown out of Government, problems arose and the ruling party felt that the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace should continue to support them rather than criticise them on the victimisation which was carried out on Zapu members.

“My own detention came about as a result of misunderstandings between the two organisations and the manipulations of former security who remained in the country in the name of CIO, who mislead Government completely into thinking that Zapu was going to carry out a coup to overthrow the elected Government of the day.

“I am supposed, together with the late Lookout Masuku to have initiated this coup plot. Government decided to pounce on us and it was a result of misinformation given to them by the same secret agents that we were fighting against,” he was quoted saying in 1994.

“My belief is that the South African forces were involved in the whole plot. It was a destabilisation plot. They were involved from the very onset, they planned it. All Rhodesians had to do was to implement . . . If the South Africans would have not (been involved), I don’t think that it (the dissident problem) would have ever happened. In the first place, all the things that took place: the expulsion of Zapu Cabinet ministers in Government would have not happened; neither the arrest of military leaders; or the finding of weapons to the extent it was done . . . As I said, Calloway was responsible for the caching of weapons. Weapons were cached from only one point, from the Gwayi Assembly Point.

“It was done in such a way that the security forces (Calloway was in the security forces) were not intercepted. They were able to move all the way from Gwayi, past Bulawayo. Vehicles were never seen by the security forces. They went up to the farms and cashed the weapons not intercepted at all.

“The Rhodesian forces were supposed to be very, very efficient in enforcing security, but they obviously had decided to look the other way. So the whole thing would not have happened. The caching of weapons was not an instruction from Zapu, it was not an instruction from the Zipra military command. It was an instigation by Calloway on the commander.”

But despite all this, Dabengwa overcame it and played a vital role in the country’s unification process.

“The Matabeleland conflict was a mistake because of the misinformation that came to Government. It was all mostly due to deliberate misinformation by the former Rhodesian security to bring about strife in the country,” Dabengwa was quoted saying in the CCJP and Legal Resources Foundation reports in 1992.

“There were certain elements within the Cabinet that remained who, I want to suspect, I have no proof of that, but who I suspect, for one reason or another decided to go along with the misinformation and decided to act in the manner they did.

“They decided to use it and some of them, to use it for their own personal benefits. To maintain their positions in Government. If the South Africans would have (been involved), I don’t think that it would have ever happened. In the first place, all the things that took place: the expulsion of Zapu Cabinet ministers in government would have not happened; the arrests of the military leaders would have not happened; and the cashing of weapons, to the extent that they were done, would have not happened.”

Unity was not a compromise between the two parties Zanu (PF) and PF-Zapu neither the defeat or victory of one party over the other.

Most of the political actors at the time felt it was an “organic merger” of two parties and an agreement of the two major Shona and Ndebele tribes to forget past differences.

It was, admittedly as Mugabe put it: “Lack of unity which had given rise to the dissident problem.”

Veteran nationalist Nkomo put it aptly: “Comrades, we in Zapu have always said, and I continue on this signing day and this sealing of the fact, that the unity we have attached our names to, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo, means the real unity of our people. There is no going back. The continuance of this unity is essential for the future of our country. We do not want to leave behind us the legacy of division of the people of Zimbabwe. We want to lay the beginning of the foundation of one people, one nation.”

All what Dabengwa and Nkomo said, is a museum rich with historic, cultural, and educational treasure that we must cherish, preserve and strengthen.

It’s up to us as Zimbabweans to ensure that the courage and patriotism demonstrated by Dabengwa and all other national heroes of the past are remembered and retold to inspire the young people of today and those of tomorrow.

Dabengwa’s life teaches people of Zimbabwe unity, forgiveness and patriotism. When we soak our heads in history and glimpse the future we must not forget his heroic deeds.

In his late life Dabengwa took advantage of the existing democratic space in Zimbabwe and tried to form his own political party Zapu, which, despite not winning any election was part of the political landscape of Zimbabwe.

Timeline of the ‘Black Russian’

Compiled by Beaven Dhliwayo

The Herald traces the life of liberation struggle stalwart Dumiso Dabengwa who died from liver complications.

Born on December 6, 1939 in Bulawayo

Education

Diploma in teaching

Holds four degrees, two of which are honorary

Honorary doctorate degree from the University of Zimbabwe

Honorary degree for his dedication towards the emancipation of black people in Zimbabwe and Africa

Diploma in Business Administration

Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Political Career

1958  School teacher at Cyrene Mission

1958  Starts political activism while working for the Bulawayo City Council.

1959  Dabengwa receives military training in Moscow, Russia. Affectionately known as the “Black Russian”.

1960-1980  Participates in the protracted armed struggle holding various portfolios including heading the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Party (ZIPRA) Intelligence unit.

1981  Charged with treason

1982  Re-arrested in 1982 on charges of plotting to overthrow the Government. Arrested together with ex-Zipra Commander Lookout Masuku

1986  In December, Dabengwa is released from nearly five years of indefinite detention.

1991  Dabengwa appointed to chair the Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project.

1992  Appointed Home Affairs Minister, a post which he held for eight years until 2000

2005  Contest and loses the March 2005 parliamentary election

2008  Quits Zanu-PF citing corruption and bad leadership. Forms ZAPU

2008  Supports another former Zanu-PF official Simba Makoni in the 2008 presidential poll

2013  Joins coalition with Welshman Ncube and Morgan Tsvangirai in bid to oust Robert Mugabe.

2018  Quits active politics

2018  Forms the Dumiso Dabengwa Foundation

2018  Endorses Nelson Chamisa in the 2018 polls after pulling out of race. Chamisa lost to President Mnangagwa

2018  Diagnosed with a liver disease ailment. Receives treatment in South Africa and then India

2019  April 24 flown to India for medical treatment

2019– May 23 dies in Nairobi, Kenya en-route to Zimbabwe.

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JAIL MY SON : EX MINISTER

Former Education minister Aeneas Chigwedere has approached
the High Court, seeking a 30-day jail term against his son, Mangwiza, in order
to compel him to undergo paternity tests as the witchcraft saga between the two
took another twist.

Chigwed…

Former Education minister Aeneas Chigwedere has approached the High Court, seeking a 30-day jail term against his son, Mangwiza, in order to compel him to undergo paternity tests as the witchcraft saga between the two took another twist. Chigwedere, who is also a renowned historian, successfully obtained a court order in July last year which compelled Mangwiza to undergo DNA paternity