Do revolutionaries really exist? – Who exactly was former President Mugabe? – l Remember the 1976 and 1984 warnings? by MUNYARADZI HUNI
The late VP Nkomo warned us in his 1984 book that there is a Robert Mugabe we don’t know, but we were too consumed by the dummy we had been sold by the dominant liberation war discourses. These warnings have always been coming even before the attainment of independence.
ONE of Zimbabwe’s renowned academics, Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatseni in 2009 published a very interesting book with a catchy title; “Do ‘Zimbabweans’ Exist? Trajectories of Nationalism, National Identity Formation and Crisis in a Postcolonial State.” It’s a very revealing piece of academic work, but the intention here is not to chew much of the beef in that book. The first part of the book’s title, “Do ‘Zimbabweans’ Exist?” is the focus of my attention.
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