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President Mnangagwa Says Ndabaningi Sithole Deserves Recognition Despite "His Mistakes Later"

President Mnangagwa Says Ndabaningi Sithole Deserves Recognition Despite

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said late former ZANU founding leader and Second Chimurenga co-pioneer Ndabaningi Sithole deserves his due recognition as a national hero.

The one-time United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe cleric died in 2000 aged 80.

He was in 1975 dislodged as ZANU leader in place of Robert Mugabe, then party secretary-general, who would later become Zimbabwe’s sole ruler for 37 uninterrupted years from independence attained in 1980.

As opposition ZANU-Ndonga leader, Sithole found little success in politics post-independence with his political base narrowing down to his native Chipinge enclave where he was MP from 1995 to 2000.

Under Mugabe’s rule, Sithole was at some point arrested and charged for attempts to assassinate his former ally.

Even in death, Mugabe failed to forgive his former comrade to a point of denying him national hero’s status.

Fast forward to 2022, Mnangagwa has inadvertently admitted his former boss erred in denying his allies-turned-enemies the highest honour of the land.

Writing in his weekly column, in The Sunday Mail, Mnangagwa said Reverend Sithole was one of the key pillars of the liberation struggle.

One man who looms large in the ranks of early leaders of our nationalist movement, but is not at our National Shrine is Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, the inaugural leader of Zimbabwe African National Union at its formation, after the 1963 split in the nationalist movement. Whatever his mistakes and missteps later in the Struggle, he deserves mention and acknowledgement in national annals.

Mnangagwa described Sithole as a “leading nationalist, scholar and firebrand in fact gave our Struggle its intellectual grounding and depth” who theorised the struggle.

Mnangagwa said there should be no binary characterisation of people under “good and bad, heroes and villains” when appreciating the country’s past.

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16 Comments

Machiavelli 1 month ago

Trying to capture the ZANU Ndonga vote in Chipinge?


Onlooker in the terraces 1 month ago

Maybe His Excellence took too long to forgive DS 40 ++++ after Independence hmmmm he was their enemy for sure 40 years with unforgiveness

INTERESTED ONLOOKER 1 month ago

Its campaign time Chipinge folks should not be hoodwinked by the crocodile tears.

WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 1 month ago

These are too clear vote buying antics which His Excellency Advocate President ED Mnangagwa is going to implement. It is known that Ndabaningi Sithole was very popular in Chipinge. He wants to capture votes in Chipinge by declaring the late Ndabaningi Sithole a national Hero.

ZANU PF must be beaten in their own ground. CCC Political Party must not press panick button. They should just go there campaign resoundingly.

[ ZANU PF SHALL USE ALL TACTICS IN THE BOOK TO BEAT CCC POLITICAL PARTY ]

[ NGAAPINDE HAKE MUKOMANA CHAMISA ].

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].

Yours sincerely
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI
[. THE BUSH LAWYER ].


Girlchild 1 month ago

Readers please replace "Advocate" with "Rapist". Tatenda.

Moses Marukutira Muvungani 1 month ago

Kubva zvandakaziva Mnangagwa, this is the only issue I agree with him


Mafirakureva 1 month ago

Next he will be advocating for a Posthumous National Hero status for Morgan Tsvangirai.

Watch this space


Kwaitei 1 month ago

zvadini nhasi kwauyeyi, komakanyarara kusvika nhasi zvadini


mundau 1 month ago

siyanai navo musharukwa wedu .....let his soul rest in peace


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pk 1 month ago

ari kugadzirisa the wrong past phase. agona chose. kana mukati ari wrong ibvai marega kumunetsa nezve matebeleland.


Gafa 1 month ago

Saka moda kundovhukunyura here?Saka L.Dembo mondovhukunyura futi here.2023


Crocodile 1 month ago

@PK Why nhasi mazoziva kuti kuna Ndabaningi hapana kana chagonekwa nePresident wako iwe kuda kutsvaga mavote uku anga asipo here vachiramba kumuviga paHeroes acre hazvishande izvo imbobvai vamwe vatonge nyika yaparara


pk 1 month ago

hatibvisike umwe wangu. dhongi harisati ramera nyanga

Machiavelli 1 month ago

@Mupfungwe Chaiye, wazviona here zvandaireketa kuti kana tobve Uzumba kumugwazo, tonange Chipinge kunoita Magawu?

Huri hwese naKatsande,
nomumvura nomumvura.
Nomutsanga nomutsanga
Katsande mukono mhanduwe...


Crocodile 1 month ago

@pk VaMugabe vaimbodaro kuti ndichatenga ndiri pawheelchair vakazodii


Cde hondo 1 month ago

Yu were part of the government which persecuted sithole. Chachinja nhasi chii, sithole is a heroe kumuda kana kusamuda kwenyu. Asina kutadza ndiyani. Yu are worse than sithole gukurahundi speaks for itself. Sithole never committed genocide. One day people will account for this



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