ZANU PF Chairperson Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri says former President Robert Mugabe seized a book that she had written on the death of Zimbabwe National Liberation Army (ZANLA) Commander, General Josiah Tongogara. Tongogara died in a car crash in Mozambique on 26 December 1976, a few months before Zimbabwe officially gained independence from Britain.
Speaking at the 39th memorial service for Tongogara, Muchinguri-Kashiri wept as she gave her version of what transpired on the fateful night. Said Muchinguri
I wrote a book on the story [of Tongogara’s death]. I did not know that I was not allowed. Maybe now we can say it because the people are dead.
When I wrote the book, I was summoned by former President Mugabe [then Prime Minister], who was in the company of the country’s military commanders Generals Solomon Mujuru, Vitalis Zvinavashe and Josiah Tungamirai, all bedecked in their official uniforms.
You know how scary that is. I was asked to hand over the book.
… Former President Mugabe and Cde Tongogara had an altercation over travel plans to return to Zimbabwe. Mugabe wanted Tongogara’s staff to be flown to Zimbabwe, but the General stood his ground.