Mr Dumiso  Dabengwa

Mr Dumiso Dabengwa

Leader of ZAPU

Date of Birth: 06/12/1939

Commentary: Dumiso Dabengwa, the former head of intelligence for the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army and a member of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front Politburo, emerged at a congress last month as interim Chairman of the Patriotic Front, which draws its support from the southern provinces of Matebeleland.

Dabengwa remains a popular figure partly because of his credentials from the liberation struggle and his criticism of the regime’s 1983-85 Gukuruhundi massacres in Matebeleland. He was subsequently detained.

Dumiso Dabengwa's public defection from the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) in February 2008 was a serious blow to the party. Dabengwa had been getting progressively more disenchanted with ZANU-PF and President Robert Mugabe’s rule, sometimes taking him on head-to-head at stormy Politburo meetings. Now Dabengwa and the Patriotic Front (PF) say they have dissolved the Unity Accord and demand the return of PF property that is in the hands of ZANU-PF.
The PF is scheduled to hold another congress to elect a new leadership; Dabengwa claims he will not stand. Meanwhile, with Cyril Ndebele, Dabengwa heads a Council of Elders to guide the transition. The new PF is expected to call for a federal constitution with substantial powers for the regions when the drafting of a new constitution begins. We hear that Vice-President Joseph Msika is not unsympathetic to these moves.

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Vol 54 N0 15


Rushing and cheating

The MDC-T’s launching rally in Marondera on 7 July was well attended but some impact was lost by the absence of Dumiso Dabengwa’s Zimbabwe African People’s Union and Welshman Ncube’s MDC-Ncube from what some opposition activists had promised would be a grand coalition...

Vol 54 N0 14


Election fever and finance

The main candidates are: Mugabe; Tsvangirai; Welshman Ncube, who leads a rival MDC faction; and Dumiso Dabengwa of the Zimbabwe African People’s Union...

Vol 54 N0 3


I chose the deputy

Under these circumstances, even the lead-footed PF-ZAPU leader Dumiso Dabengwa might spot a spoiling opportunity, as Makoni has...

Vol 53 N0 16


It’s time for a vote

Not so the other minor players, the most visible of which are Dumiso Dabengwa's resurrected Zimbabwe African People's Union and Simba Makoni's Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn...

Vol 53 N0 1


A race against time

Matebeleland’s resentment over the 1980s massacres festers while the dilapidation of its capital Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city, fuels accusations of neglect which former Interior Minster Dumiso Dabengwa and his Zimbabwe African People’s Union could exploit...

Vol 52 N0 19


General alarm

Ray’s predecessor, James David McGee, met Dumiso Dabengwa, the former Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army intelligence chief, in March 2008...

Vol 52 N0 1


Getting ready to vote

MDC-M will struggle to hold its six remaining seats in Matebeleland, where voters will probably float towards Dumiso Dabengwa’s revived Zimbabwe African People’s Union...

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The wiles of a crocodile, the memory of an elephant

Dumiso Dabengwa has resuscitated ZAPU and if it can cobble together a coalition with the MDC, ZANU-PF is likely to lose all but a handful of the Matebeleland seats it won on a split opposition vote in 2008...

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Ghostly presences

Dumiso Dabengwa, former head of its armed wing, the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army, has finally been confirmed as leader of the revived Patriotic Front-ZAPU at a congress in Bulawayo attended by 5,000 delegates...

Vol 51 N0 15


Restless spirits

If Ncube then picked Gibson Sibanda as his deputy, it would align the MDC-M with its Ndebele grassroots but damage its national ambitions by forcing it to compete for the same voters as Dumiso Dabengwa's ZAPU (AC Vol 51 No 10)...

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