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Dabengwa says come death, he now has answers to departed Tongogara's questions

23/03/2017 00:00:00
by Staff reporter
 
 
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ZAPU leader Dumiso Dabengwa said if he was to die now he would depart a happy man carrying answers to the late commanders of the liberation struggle’s questions on what the war veterans did about Zimbabwe’s current economic situation.

Dabengwa said this in his closing remarks at a meeting held in Harare at the City Sports Centre by hundreds of Zipra and Zanla liberation fighters organised by the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association leadership.

The former Zipra commander said the Thursday gathering of former freedom fighters reminded him of the days when both camps fought side by side to drive out the Smith regime.

Dabengwa said the Thursday meeting of Zipra and Zanla veterans was a big achievement.

“My own concern has always been on the day they decide to call me to the heavens and I meet Josiah Tongogara, Alfred Mangena, Lookout Masuku and they ask questions like: You remained there with the rest of the other comrades, what did you people do when you realised things were going the wrong direction?

“What measures did you take when you saw that things were not going in the right direction?

“But after today’s (Thursday) gathering and I will have the answer,” said Dabengwa.

He added, “I think I will be proud to report to them that at least there has been attempt by those surviving comrades that were in Zipra and Zanla to put their heads together and be able to chat a way forward that will be able to put the people of Zimbabwe to the level of development that you have always wanted.”    

Dabengwa said even when the parties went to the Lancaster they went there as one representing the interests of both parties.

“But when we came back home, immediately things fell apart. Some went into integration, into the national army, the rest of the comrades were demobilised at assembly camps and most of you remained there up to this day.

“You have suffered the harsh climate created by the incompetence of our own government. That has let, particularly our economy, to the situation you have today.

“What has been happening is a complete departure from the objectives of the liberation struggle. And this has led to what Zimbabwe is today,” he said.

 “We all have met at different events and asked ourselves what has happened to our country. Are these the results of what people sacrificed their lives for?”



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