For as long as Mugabe has been anything within ZANU, even dating back to during the vicious and bloody Rhodesian bush war (also known as the ‘chimurenga’) there have been sudden and largely unexplained deaths all around him.
Herbert Chitepo, Josiah Tongogara, Chris Ushowekunzwe, Maurice Nyagumbo, Peter Pamire, Innocent Makumure… need I go on? The list is endless, and there will be names that do not mean much to very many people, but they all are questionable and all were sudden and without warning.
Political Commissar Elliot Munyuke died in December 2008 in an as yet unexplained motor vehicle accident. Manyuke was seen as a thorn in Mugabe’s side as he had information which could ’embarrass’ John Nkomo, then ZANU PF national chairman, now Vice President.
As you trawl through the archives of reports about Mugabe and his violent party, there appears a pattern of unexplained deaths. And, without too much by way of sifting through the misleading ‘facts’, it becomes apparent that the dead person was perceived as a threat to Mugabe.
When you read this report, please understand that I am not laughing at the death of the close security guard, but rather at the faux pas by the article writer. The guard died after a ‘short’ illness, not a ‘shot’ illness…
“One of Robert Mugabe’s decorated bodyguards has died suddenly.
Cain Chademana, a Senior Police Assistant Commissioner and one of Mugabe’s most trusted guards died last Thursday after a shot illness.
He was laid to rest Monday at Warren Hills cemetry. Mugabe was said to have been deeply shocked by the sudden death and extended his deepest condolences to the Chademana family, relatives and friends.
Chademana was a veteran of Zimbabwe’s liberation war in the 1970s. Sources said he was a suspect in the leaking of information about the President’s mounting health problems.”
Now isn’t that interesting? We read about Mugabe’s health problems, and then the person suspected of passing on the ‘confidential’ information is dead within a week…
I don’t know the true ins and outs of the circumstances surrounding the death, but somehow it smacks of what we have come to expect from the Mugabe camp.
“He has served as aide de camp to President Mugabe for years. He was a decorated officer with several medals in recognition of his service to Zimbabwe.
Speaking at the funeral, assistant director in the President’s Department Albert Ngulube said Chademana’s death was a “heavy blow” not only to the Chademana family, but also to Government. “It will be difficult for us to come to terms with this sad reality,” Ngulube said.”
It probably hurts even more that the whole things leaves a nasty taste in the mouth of those of us that have no doubt of the insincerity of the words uttered by Ngulube.
I was, however, very interested in the following in Ngulube’s statement.
“Ngulube dismissed widely held beliefs about the President’s Office as a brutal outfit synonymous with high handed tactics.
“We are not a murderous organisation but peace-loving Zimbabweans who are determined to protect our country,” he said. “We also want to retire but we are not sure if the young generation will not sell the country to our enemies.”
As ever, Mugabe sympathisers never miss the opportunity to churn out the Mugabe epithets… even if that opportunity arises during the announcement of the death of a close security guard.
Robb WJ Ellis
The Bearded Man