'Gumbo, Tongo helped Mugabe'

HARARE - Contrary to the contrived manipulation of historical facts, ousted Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo and the late Zanla commander, general Josiah “Magama” Tongogara propped up President Robert Mugabe by marketing him to both guerrilla leaders and the frontline states, a living war legend, Benard Manyadza has said.

Speaking exclusively to the Daily News in Wedza yesterday, Manyadza a member of the Zanla High Command, whose Chimurenga name was Parker Chipoyera said Gumbo was always respectful of the leadership of the day but opposed the creation of a one man rule.

He denied state media reports that Gumbo and Tongogara were enemies.

With Zanu PF limping into a “dump squib” congress after removing all persons linked to embattled Vice President Joice Mujuru, Manyadza opened up to the Daily News and gave his perspective of the war including the role played by Gumbo and Tongogara in helping Mugabe to be accepted.

He said after the arrest of members of Dare ReChimurenga (the War Council) in 1975 on allegations of assassinating  Zanu chairperson Hebert Chitepo, it was due to the bidding of the likes of incarcerated Gumbo that the war combatants endorsed Mugabe.

“When the Dare members had been arrested, we joined the Zimbabwe Liberation Council and when we realised that there was nothing there, we visited our members who were at Mpima Prison in Kabwe.

“We visited them twice and when we fled from Zambia with other comrades, James Nyikadzinashe, Dzinashe Machingura, Cde Soul Sadza kana kuti (or) Arthur Magaya, and myself.

“We fled after having gone through Mpima Prison where the likes of Tongogara, Henry Hamadziripi, Cletus Chigowe and generally members of the High Command and Dare were detained and the instruction the four of us got was the same — go and fight.

“I spoke to Rugare Gumbo along with Dzinashe Machingura and the others spoke with Tongogara and the instruction was, since the War Council has been dismantled, members of the general staff and High Command including Rex Nhongo (Solomon Mujuru) and Dzinashe Machingura and I was later co-opted, we were told to do everything and anything possible to keep the liberation war going because only that could liberate those in prison.

Manyadza said it was through the sacrifice of the guerrillas that imprisoned nationalists like Mugabe were released.

“We, the cadres of Zanla fought the war that brought detente in 1974 and nationalists such as Joshua Nkomo, Ndabaningi Sithole and Robert Mugabe were released. We are the same cadres who fought the war to free members of Dare reChimurenga who were detained in Zambia and also freed Cde Mugabe when he had been put in exile by (former Mozambican  president) Samora Machel. We had united with comrades from Zipra to form Zipa but when we had freed these people we became the victims,” said Manyadza without a trace of bitterness.

Asked if Gumbo had been part of the Vashandi Group —that was accused of rebelling against Mugabe — Manyadza said he was actually pro-the leadership of the day.

“If anything pakasungwa Vashandi Group paBeira, vana vaGumbo nana Mukudzei Mudzi vainge variku side rekuti vanhu ngavasungwe (When Vashandi were arrested Gumbo and the likes of Mukudzei Mudzi wanted Vashandi arrested) but later they were to be labelled the progressives because they had realised they had made a blunder when they recommended the arrest of the commanders. (Vashandi).

“The likes of Gumbo realised that a cult was in the making and we were shocked when we saw them joining us in prison in 1978,” said Manyadza.

Asked whether the relationship between Gumbo and Mugabe was ever frosty Manyadza said the fact that Gumbo retuned from Mozambique and did not join Zanu — only to be co-opted later shows that the two had buried whatever differences they had.

“Gumbo only joined later and was appointed a minister, meaning there was trust between the two, the relations became sour I think when Gumbo realised that this was becoming too much; that is the making of a cult and the creation of a monarchy.

The state media has claimed that Gumbo was contemptuous to Tongogara but Manyadza yesterday said the two were actually accused of being too close because they were both Karangas.

“Gumbo was very subservient to Tongogara, they were both members of Dare and when it was about war matters, Gumbo took the note from Tongogara, but they had different departments.

If anything, they were accused of having become a Karanga clique. Even if you ask Tendi Ndlovu, who is in the politburo, the facts will remain the same.’’

Comments (20)

Mugabe has managed to get away with lies, so all those people who know the rtuth must come out nad talk. So Chitepo was actually killed by fellow comrades, probably on tribalistic grounds!? Same as Tongogara! What a shameful organisation this Zanu thing is!

Nduna - 2 December 2014

From the time Mugabe arrived in Mozambique after his incarceration in jail he became so ruthless, never trusted anyone, not even his own mother coz rumours has it that he is so angry with his father for leaving home that he declared that he does not trust any human being. Mugabe is a vulture, a criminal, self-centred person who has no heart at all. I am surprised the whole bunj of ZANU fools are only realising that now!!!! F*** you all for having been used by Mugabe.

Garikayi - 2 December 2014

The truth is history chaiyo ichataga kunyorwa from March 2015 without fear or favour. The vampirish animal called Matibili will not be able to prevent this.

Dzinashe Machingura - 2 December 2014

gumbo muhombe hama. he always says his mind which is quite noble. it does not matter thar he may have been misunderstood he remains focused. it sounds like he is one guy who has respect for the president just that he also stands for what he believes. sometimes it does lands people into trouble but thats fine.

zvirozviyedzwa - 2 December 2014

So this guy called Gumbo is huge. I did not know that. Mugabe has stolen all the history from us the born frees. People must not distort history to please Mugabe. We need stubborn facts for posterity. I am at least happy that the guru is writing a book. At least we will know what exactly transpired.

Born Free - 2 December 2014

So this guy called Gumbo is huge. I did not know that. Mugabe has stolen all the history from us the born frees. People must not distort history to please Mugabe. We need stubborn facts for posterity. I am at least happy that the guru is writing a book. At least we will know what exactly transpired.

Born Free - 2 December 2014

Mazuwa Cde apo Madhlira naCde Tongogara havaikandirana mavivi eruvengo nokuti vana vemunhu mumwe neimwa zhira makaranga ose .

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 2 December 2014

ndokunge akaripedza book racho

The Atomic - 2 December 2014

if you ask me this gumpo character is a right karnt!

John Madhir' - 2 December 2014

Gumbo has been given an opportunity to start a real revolution.Him and all those in the cold must mobilise people on Thursday at the Congress and call for a vote of no confidence in Mugabe.

Kufandada - 2 December 2014

I have done a lot of research of this Gumbo, both oral and written and it seems Mugabe's side are liars just bend on destorying a person' s character, yes he did not want a one man rule and that is what i think we don't like it because we have seen in Zimbabwe what it does. If he had won his way on this position Zimbabwe would have remained a jewel of Africa rather than a ruins it has come to be. May be we may have to change the name of this country looks like the name Zimbabwe has become acursed.

maita - 3 December 2014

No, Gumbo is not a big name. He hated Tongogara like the plague. He feared the Vashandi big time only using Tongogara to get rid of them on his behalf. Gumbo has always been a sworn enemy of the President both during the liberation struggle and post independence. His is a Michiavellian politician who will sell his mom to get into power. He was very much opposed to Rex Nhongo whom he bracketed with Tongogara as the uneducated scam of the ZANLA forces. Gumbo always viewed Joice Mujuru as the politically naive peasant wench from Dotito whose role was to warm the Presidential throne for Mazhirapazhe Gumbo himself. For Gumbo, simpletons like Joice should never exercise statecraft.

mageja siziba - 3 December 2014

So there is real history hidden somewhere,I thought it was only Adolf Hitler who destroyed the Reichstag

Jack Ntjana - 3 December 2014

Where are the updates for congress heeey

The Atomic - 3 December 2014

Tongogara was against Matibilis dictatorship from the start. To him Joshua Nkomo was the ideal candidate to lead Zimbabwe.Gumbo had the sam unifying ideas . Mugabe on the other hand wanted a ZANU dominance and Zezuru dictatorship.The Manyikas also opposed this Zezuru dominance. Tongogara had to be removed because of this and the one who did it is known based on the matrix above. The removal of Mutasa(Manyika) Gumbo(Karanga) and Mujuru(Korekore) will consolidate Zezuru dominance of ZANU PF.

Jaku - 3 December 2014

he he yekelubone. Zibophanise ngemisila mfana wami Jona. zizolumanimpela !

hehe - 4 December 2014

nhai veduwee chokwadi icho

taona - 4 December 2014

Mazvionaka VaChipazhamongo kurera makarwe nomukaka nhasi ndezvipi? Tambai makachenjera. Tosetinoziva kuti muri simbiye basa.

Chitototo Chipashumaranga - 10 May 2015

The only Dare Rechimurenga surviving true HERO, ziso raJehovah rakakutarisayi. Hapana anopikisa bheji bheji !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chitototo Chipashumaranga - 10 May 2015

I question how long Mugabe fought the struggle? He went into Mozambique in 1977 and by 1979 he was in the Lancester Conference . How long is that ? I am reading Joshua Nkomo's book and you know something, some people fought for others to be at the top.

Eugene Matikiti - 31 May 2016

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