Exiled former Information Minister, Jonathan Moyo has mourned the fallen liberation war stalwart and Zapu’s former intelligence supremo, Dumiso Dabengwa.
Dabengwa died early Thursday, in Nairobi, Kenya on his way back home after being airlifted to India last month for specialist treatment.
He was 80.
Moyo described Dabengwa as a true liberation war hero whose harassment by the Prime Minister Robert Mugabe’s government in the early years of independence derailed the war hero’s contributions to Zimbabwe.
“A true freedom fighter, selfless revolutionary and national hero; whose service to Zimbabwe was derailed by Gukurahundists who maliciously detained him in 1983 for four years under the evil Rhodesian State of Emergency Act. Giants like him don’t fall!” said Moyo.
Gukurahundi is word describing a brutal military campaign by Mugabe against Zapu supporters that left over 20 000 civilians dead. Mnangagwa was State Security Minister at the time and Moyo has in the past referred to the Zanu PF leader as a “Gukurahundist”.
Dabengwa was incarcerated alongside Lookout Masuku and four others on treason charges but the State’s case crumbled for lack of evidence. However, his best friend Masuku then Zapu military general died chained to his hospital bed as Mugabe sought to overturn the acquittal.
Nicknamed the Black Russian, Dabengwa is a former Home Affairs minister who left Zanu PF in 2008 to revive Zapu argued the 1987 Unity Accord that brought together the two liberation movements had failed his party’s supporters.
Social media went into meltdown with condolence messages. Most Zimbabweans called on Mnangagwa to declare Dabengwa a national hero.