‘Tongogara Was Killed For Pushing For A United Patriotic Front’

The late liberation war commander, Dumiso Dabengwa reportedly said that the late ZANLA commander Josiah Magama Tongogara was killed because he was pushing for a United Patriotic Front bringing together ZANU and ZAPU ahead of the 1980 elections.

Tongogara died in a car crash in Mozambique, according to the official account, while travelling to Mozambique on the eve of Zimbabwe’s independence.

Award-winning journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono wrote:

Amazing revelations by Dumiso Dabengwa who thought that General Josiah Tongogara was killed because he wanted a United Patriotic Front, instead of ZANU and ZAPU fighting the 1980 watershed election as individual parties. The issue of the Patriotic Front was a contentious one!

That aspect of a united front was always known, but Dabengwa says that Tongogara had openly mentioned at Lancaster House that Robert Mugabe would have been a disaster for the Patriotic Front and indeed for the country if he was allowed to lead. That prediction came to pass!

Dumiso Dabengwa argues that Tongogara thought that Robert Mugabe was only good for administrative tasks and not leading the United movement or the country! Due to Mugabe’s colossal grip on the State and ZANUPF, that history has always been whispered for fear of repercussions!


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Josiah TongogaraDumiso DabengwaZANLA

Josiah Tongogara referred to as General Tongo during the Second Chimurenga, was the man who commanded the guerrilla movement ZANLA, a military wing of the nationalist oriented Zimbabwe African National Union party. Tongogara was also part of the Dare ReChimurenga and the High Command which... Read More About Josiah Tongogara

Dumiso Dabengwa was a politician and the president of ZAPU. He was also a member of Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) officially until 2008 when he left to revive ZAPU political party. In 2018, Dumiso formed the Dumiso Dabengwa Foundation. Between 2018 and 2019... Read More About Dumiso Dabengwa

Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army (ZANLA) was the military wing of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) which fought against Ian Smith's Rhodesian Front during the Second Chimurenga. This military organ was formed in 1965 after the formation of the ZANU party in 1963. ZANLA... Read More About ZANLA

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