The Zapu and Zanu Guerrilla Warfare (Studia Missionalia by Ngwabi Bhebe

By Ngwabi Bhebe

This used to be a seminal contribution to the background of the Zimbabwean liberation struggle, which ended with independence in 1980. The publication takes a thought of view of either side within the guerrilla conflict, yet is especially interested by the Zapu part. on the time of scripting this was once roughly uncharted territory, to some degree the results of the political consequence of the warfare, which within the identify of nationwide cohesion, silenced the Zapu tale. particularly, it makes use of fabric from interviews with ex-Zimbabwe People's innovative military (Zipra) fighters, formerly unobtainable. a selected perspective of enquiry is the position of the evangelical Lutheran church within the struggle. The booklet is organised into sections: featuring an outline of the struggle and the jobs of Zanu and Zapu 1964-1979; on ideologies and techniques of the liberation pursuits and the colonial country; at the position of the Lutheran church in Zimbabwe, the warfare within the west; the warfare within the east; church, venture and liberation; and the period of reconstruction.

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Akim Ndlovu and Dumiso Dabengwa, the ZAPU army Commander and Chief of Intelligence and Reconnais sance respectively, and Joe Modise and Walter Mavuso for the ANC met in Lusaka with the military leaders of FRELIMO, Samora Machel, first President of Mozambique, and Joaquim Chissano, now President of Mozambique, and decided on a programme of implementing their military cooperation. The first step was to send a consignment of arms which the Mozambican comrades needed immediately, in a truck driven by Killion Dube, a ZAPU member from Kezi.

The second section consisting of 6 guerrillas, commanded by Mukuti was assigned for operations in Fort Victoria but was again An Overview of the War rounded up before it reached its operational area. The third group operated in the rich Hartley farming area. The fourth achieved some fame by engaging the Rhodesian army in a pitched battle. Its assignment was to attack the white farmers in the Chinhoyi area, but only after blowing up the Hunyani main bridge that linked the area and the town of Chinhoyi with Salisbury and also after causing a black out in the little town by destroying the electric power lines.

A reconnaissance team and a few top commanders were sent to go and stay with the men inside the country for three months so that they could make sure that the logistical infrastructure was properly laid out. As Dabengwa puts it: "We pushed through right up to the Sipolilo area. Lots of ammunition was taken in and lots of stores of food and clothing were taken in. The idea this time was that these men were going on a similar mission as that of the last group, but to do recruitment on a bigger scale, and they had a better rear base created for them so that they should not rely only on the local population.

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