Page 326. " All around me, as I watched, white society shrivelled and changed. "
Rhodesian Family
Creative Commons AttributionRhodesian Family - Credit: seanbjack, Flickr

Today, Zimbabwe has a population of around 12 million, of which fewer than 1% are white.  Large numbers of white Rhodesians emigrated to South Africa, the UK, Australia and North America: Rhodesians Worldwide


Page 328. " So I put on a suit and tie and went to work at a prominent legal firm, Scanlen and Holderness "

The law firm that became Scanlen & Holderness was founded by Sir Thomas Scanlen, a former Cape Colony Prime Minister, in October 1894.

Under white minority rule, the firm fought many legal battles on behalf of African Nationalists, including trying to have UDI declared illegal.


Page 329. " the fresh breeze that blew down from the Domboshawa Hills "


Domboshawa Hills
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumDomboshawa Hills - Credit: Darell Plowes


Page 329. " arrested on suspicion of planning a coup d'état "

In 1982 Zimbabwean police arrested Lieutenant General Lookout Masuku and ZIPRA intelligence chief Dumiso Dabengwa, for allegedly planning a coup d'etat against Prime Minister Robert Mugabe. The Supreme Court found Masuku, Dabengwa, and four others not guilty in 1983 (Peter Godwin served on the defence team). However, they were then detained again under emergency regulations.

Born on 7 April 1940, Lookout "Mafela" Khalisabantu Vumindaba Masuku commanded the Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA), the millitant wing of ZAPU, during the bush war. He went on to serve as the deputy head of the Zimbabwe army until his arrest in 1982. He died in 1986 under 'suspecious cercurmstances'.  

Lookout was a brave man. He led the first group of guerrillas who returned home at ceasefire. Lookout fought against fascism, oppression, tribalism and corruption. Any failure to dedicate ourselves to the ideals of Masuku will be a betrayal of him and of all those freedom fighters whose graves are not known.  - Joshua Nkomo at the funeral of Lookout Masuku, Bulawayo, 12 April 1986

Dumiso Dabengwe
Public DomainDumiso Dabengwe - Credit: Prince

The Mugabe government later declared Masuku a national hero.

Dumiso Dabengwa was born on 6 December 1939. He served as the head of ZIPRA Intelligence during the Rhodesian war, when he was nicknamed the "Black Russian" due to his Moscow training. 

He was released after four years of detention in 1986. Between 1992 and 2000 he was appointed Minister of Home Affairs in the Zimbabwe government.  In 2009 he left ZANU-PF to revive ZAPU as an opposition political party:

                              The zimDaily Interview

Page 343. " One phrase that was repeated throughout the day began to haunt me: Gukurahundi. "

We eradicate them. We don't differentiate when we fight because we can't tell who is a dissident and who is not.

        - Robert Mugabe

Gukurahundi in Zimbabwe


Page 343. " they had built a huge bronze frieze commemorating the liberation struggle. "


Bronze frieze
Creative Commons AttributionBronze frieze - Credit: garypembridge

The design team included seven architects from North Korea. From the air, the cemetary is meant to resemble an AK-47 rifle, the most potent weapon in the guerrilla war for independence: the central stairway is the barrel, the obelisk is the bayonet, and the graves are the bullets.


A Visit to Heroes' Acre

Google Map



Page 348. " it was here, on the highest of these granite domes, that Cecil Rhodes asked to be buried. "

Cecil Rhodes grave, Matopos Hills
Public DomainCecil Rhodes grave, Matopos Hills - Credit: seabifa