ZAPU Leader Dumiso Dabengwa has announced his decision to side in sympathy with ousted Vice President Joice Mujuru and her so called ‘camp’ as he proclaimed that expelled spokesman Rugare Gumbo, cadres Ambrose Mutinhiri and Ray Kaukonde, are not going take their fate lying down.
“We have it on reliable authority that people like Rugare Gumbo, Ambrose Mutinhiri Ray Kaukonde, and others are not going to take their fate lying down….”, he said.
ZAPU leader Dumiso Dabengwa also claimed that newly appointed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa orchestrated his four-year detention in the 1980s despite the fact he had been cleared of alleged treason by the courts.
Dabengwa and the late former Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) commander, Lookout Masuku were arrested soon after Independence for allegedly planning a coup d’état against then Prime Minister Robert Mugabe.
The Supreme Court found both Masuku and Dabengwa not guilty but the police detained them for four years under the notorious emergency regulations.
“Mnangagwa was instrumental in putting me into prison,” Dabengwa said while addressing the Bulawayo Press Club on Friday.
“Whenever I meet him I always remind him that it is him who made me to suffer in prison for a crime which I had not committed.”
Dabengwa however, refused to shed light Mnangagwa’s role in the 1980s Gukurahundi campaign saying he was not comfortable discussing the vice president’s past.
Rights groups have estimated that some 20,000 civilians were killed when Mugabe deployed the army to crack-down on dissident activities in Matabeleland and some parts of the Midlands.
Mnangagwa was the Minister of State Security at the time.