In this portion of the interview, Senator Sekai Holland explains how, while in college in Australia in the 1960s, they were able to establish international student solidarities in support of the Chimurenga/Umvukela and Anti-Apartheid movement.
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As the Second Chimurenga/Umvukela raged on, the movement sought the visionary direction of its leaders. Often, this direction would be at odds with each other! In this story, Senator Sekai Holland describes how they invited the then-moderate Edison Zvobgo to speak in Australia, as a precursor for the more radical Herbert Chitepo!
In the first half of this two-part interview, veteran nationalist Senator Sekai Holland speaks about African women’s activism in 1950s Rhodesia, mobilizing international support for the Second Chimurenga/Umvukela, the rise of Chitepo, among other riveting anecdotes!
Introduction ZANU was formed on 8 August 1963 as a breakaway party from the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU). Its first People’s Congress was held at Munhumutapa Hall in Gweru, Southern Rhodesia, from 21 to 23 May 1964. The Congress empowered the Central Committee to do all things necessary for the ‘successful liquidation of colonialism […]
Preface Discipline is a subject more referred to than examined in the history of Zimbabwe’s liberation war. While there are references to the administration of punishment in specific circumstances or, more often, contemptuous remarks by Rhodesian soldiers regarding the unprofessional conduct of guerrillas in general, few studies have investigated the systematic deployment of disciplinary structures […]
A. Events and Circumstances of Chitepo’s Death In our first term of reference, we were required to inquire into the events and circumstances leading to the death of the late Herbert Chitepo on the 18th March, 1975. From the evidence, it is clear that there existed a state of bitter struggle and conflict in ZANU, […]
The Burial of Chitepo Soon after the death of Chitepo, Mrs. Victoria Chitepo and some of Chitepo’s relatives were going through Chitepo’s wardrobe looking for suitable clothing in which to dress the body. Mrs. Chitepo told the Commision that when they took some of the clothes to the laundry, she found the following letter (in […]
Bishop Abel Muzorewa in Lusaka As already stated, on the 8th March, 1975, Chitepo returned to Lusaka alone without his two colleagues, namely Hamadziripi and Chigowe. Immediately on arrival, he reported to the DARE about the events in Malawi following their trip there on the 4th March, 1975. In his interview with His Excellency President […]
Recapture of Chifombo by High Command According to Tongogara’s evidence, after the incidents of the 9th to the 10th December, 1975, the DARE decided that the situation should be normalised. A meeting was held at which all the eight members were present. It examined the situation and found that John Mataure was guilty of ‘conniving […]
Causes of the Rebellion The pent-up grievances of ZANU military cadres which came to a head in late November and the early part of December, 1974, precipitated a crisis of unparalleled proportions in the annals of ZANU External Wing. Some cadres at the Front, led by their commanders, Thomas Nhari and Dakarai Badza, had revolted […]