By Terrence Mathuthu
Top Mugabe confidante and former Cabinet Minister, Kumbirai Kangai’s death comes barely 10 months after he began revealing top ZANU PF war secrets including circumstances surrounding the death of former ZANLA boss Herbert Chitepo, it has emerged. Revelations brought into the opened by Kangai have cast a shadow on President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU PF’s role in the liberation struggle against the party’s own claims recorded in history books.
Kangai became the first ZANU-PF war veteran to pull the lid on the real reasons for the deaths of masses of comrades. Commented ZimEye columnist Herbert Mugwagwa on Kangai’s latest utterances:
Is Kangai Zimbabwe’s Julian Assange?
“The Kumbirai Kangai interview in The Sunday Mail(October 18-24 2012) was quite as revealing as it was intriguing. Kangai is a real veteran politician who chooses his words deliberately and its good to note that his memory of events of the liberation is still good but tends to sanitize certain issues.
“Whilst we are always told how heroic our boys fought at the Chinhoyi battle of 1966, Kangai is the only one who tells the truth about the poor and shoddy preparations how they ‘were bombed ….all wiped out.’ He reveals how poorly organised ZANU was and sometimes they sent people to the front with pistols only and at times with no ammunition! No wonder the heavy casualties on their side and the fact that it took too long to liberate the country. He definitely tells the truth when he says when Chitepo was killed members of Dare reChimurenga were arrested but does not state that it was after Kenneth Kaunda had set up an international Commission of Inquiry composed of 13 neutral African nations who investigated and found them guilty!
“They were released only after Robert Mugabe had stated that he would not attend the Geneva Conference without them. From Geneva, fearing re-arrests in Zambia, they went to execute the struggle from Mozambique. Prior to Chitepo’s death, ZANU had demanded the withdrawal of his Zambian bodyguards and replaced them with their ‘intrusive’ ones.
“We don’t know yet the cause of his death but we suspect it might be a heart attack. It is a sad hour for Zanu-PF and the people of Zimbabwe,” said ZANU PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo on Saturday as he officially confirmed the ZANLA war cadre’s death sparking wild speculation that there might have been foul play leading to Kangai’s death.