Obituary

Dumiso Dabengwa: Zimbabwe war hero turned Mugabe stooge

Persecuted by the regime, he became its loyal lackey to dismay of his supporters

02 June 2019 - 00:00 By Chris Barron

Dumiso Dabengwa, who has died at the age of 79, was one of the most important, respected and popular leaders of the Zimbabwean liberation war, and ultimately one of its more tragic figures.

After independence the then president, Robert Mugabe, threw him into jail on a trumped-up charge of treason and kept him there illegally for four years...

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