via Enos Nkala book too hot to handle for writer – Nehanda Radio 2 January 2015 by Chris Gande
Former National University of Science and Technology lecturer, Dumiso Gilbert Matshazi, says he chickened out of writing the late Home Affairs and Defence Minister Enos Nkala’s book after realizing that what the veteran politician wanted to reveal about President Robert Mugabe and others was too hot to handle.
Matshazi says Nkala, who was a founding member of Zanu – now the ruling Zanu PF party – tasked him to publish the book after his death.
The late veteran politician died a bitter man as he was dumped by President Mugabe. He was probably the first man to be buried at the country’s Heroe’s Acre despite having crossed paths with president Mugabe.
In a hard-hitting press statement announcing plans to write his memoirs, Nkala said: “I want to remind His Excellency that I am not among those who die many times before their actual death. I am a son of heroes and a self-made hero and have just completed 74 years of my life with a greater part of it spent in Ian Smith’s prisons and detention camps for the liberation of my country.”
This was a man that they had spent 10 years sharing the same prison cell before Zimbabwe attained independence from British rule in 1980.
Matshazi says Nkala made an oath and vowed that the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo, who was the president of PF Zapu, would never rule Zimbabwe. Studio 7
This sounds interesting! I do hope SOMEONE can be persuaded to write/publish this book! Who knows what prison confidences/secrets it could reveal!!
Angela I as African (not because of my color because Africa has people of all colors) would find it unafrican to talk ill about the dead. Having said that this is a man that was involved in the plot to eliminate the Ndebele people. Here is a man who passionately hated his own people such that he prayed they be wiped off the face of the earth. He was ashamed of his being one with his own people that he wished he could get some magical soap to wash off his tribal origins. In his own words “Angazi ukuthi Amandebele anjani. Mina ngifuna ukuti ngigeziswe ukuba liNdebele,” (“I don’t what is wrong with the Ndebele. I want to wash (cleanse) myself from being Ndebele”). I don’t think anything he would say in his book is not documented in BREAKING THE SILENCE.He was a church going man before his end but I doubt if anyone from our region would want to hear what he had to say.
Dr DL: Sorry – did not realise this is an anti-Ndebele post. I am just so angry and fed-up with the destruction of my former homeland.
Angela there is absolutely nothing wrong with what you said. It’s just that Nkala was more angry with Mugabe deserting him than with all the harm he caused in our region. He was also silent about the farm murders of people like Martin and Gloria Olds. These are people that we knew. I used to buy meat from that old lady and I found her to be just another Zimbabwean making a living by serving the public. The late Martin Old used to supply schools in the area with eggs that had minute cracks and this service was helping the local community. See how Nyamadhlovu is now. I just wish someone could rather write a book about these forgotten Angels. I would just find it hard to buy a book about that type of a man. My Grandchildren might feel different.
Being bitter about something is not an offence. Mugabe is also bitter about Ndebeles since his father eloped with a Ndebele woman living him as a father to the sibblings. Nkala is bitter because Mugabe fired him when Mugabe himself is equaly guilt of corruption. Since the Willovale scandal how much wealth did Mugabe amaze. How many farms does he own. Thus why every one is bitter with the old man.
Sic Nkala sic Obert M.
I cant wait to read that book, who knows whats in store.
can’t wait to read that book me too..