Josiah Tongogara
Zimbabwean politician
Josiah Tongogara
Josiah Magama Tongogara was a commander of the ZANLA guerrilla army in Rhodesia. He attended the Lancaster House conference that led to Zimbabwe's independence and the end of white minority rule. Many expected him to be the first president of Zimbabwe, with Robert Mugabe, head of Zanla's political wing, ZANU, as prime minister.
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Zimbabwe: Mugabe Friends Supping With the 'Devil' - AllAfrica.com
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... of the sensitive dealings of top government and military officials was a reminder of the 1975 era when Zanu PF almost collapsed due to a reign of terror which saw the mysterious deaths of leaders such as Hebert Chitepo and Josiah Tongogara
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Hundreds Throng Africa Unity Square - Middle East North Africa Financial Network
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The President's colourful entourage which drove through Josiah Tongogara Avenue before it turned into Sam Nujoma Street attracted hordes of on lookers. People who could not make it on to the streets were perched on balconies to catch a glimpse of the
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They tried to kill me — Mutinhiri - NewsDay
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Just before independence in 1980 liberation war commander Josiah Tongogara died following a car crash which many described as questionable. Years later, the likes of outspoken parliamentarians Sydney Malunga, Zororo Duri, William Ndangana and ministers
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Wilfred Mhanda on Question Time: Part 2 - The Zimbabwean
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He comments on Mujuru's death, the assassination of fellow commander Josiah Tongogara and ZANU PF leader Herbert Chitepo. Lance Guma: Hallo Zimbabwe and thank you for joining me on Part 2 of this Question Time interview with former guerrilla commander
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Wilfred Mhanda on Question Time: Part 1 - Nehanda Radio
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He comments on Mujuru's death, the assassination of fellow commander Josiah Tongogara and ZANU PF leader Herbert Chitepo. Lance Guma: Former guerrilla commander Wilfred Mhanda, known by his liberation war name Dzinashe Machingura, is our guest on
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Mujuru Death Prompts Probe Calls and Opens Zimbabwe Leader Race - BusinessWeek
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In 1975 Herbert Chitepo, then leader of the party, died in a bomb explosion and in 1979 Josiah Tongogara, the then leader of the liberation army, was killed in a car accident. In 1995 Chris Ushewokunze, a finance minister who clashed with Mugabe over
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The Solomon Mujuru that uMthwakazi experienced - Bulawayo24
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It is no small point that Solomon Mujuru succeeded Josiah Tongogara after Tongogara was himself allegedly assassinated in 1979. It is also no small point that Solomon Mujuru succeeded Lt General Peter Walls as commander of the ZNA
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Mujuru's death a wake up – Beatrice Farm owner - The Zimbabwean
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... in the 1960s when he joined Zimbabwe African's Revolutionary Army led by the late Joshua Nkomo before joining President Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army as operations commander, second in rank to the late Josiah Tongogara. ... -
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Comment: Mujuru's death: echoes of the past - Zimbabwe Independent
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THE untimely death of retired army commander General Solomon Mujuru in the early hours of Tuesday morning in a blaze which burnt his body to a crisp has echoes of the assassination of Herbert Chitepo and the killing of Josiah Tongogara in a car
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President Robert Mugabe loses close lieutenants - NewsDay
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... Herbert Chitepo, Josiah Tongogara, Senator Joseph Culverwell, Maurice Nyagumbo, Herbert Ushewokunze, Eddison Zvobgo and Guy Clutton-Brook. Others are Air Chief Marshall Josiah Tungamirai and General Vitalis Zvinavashe, Mugabe’s sister Sabina,
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Nkomoism as Zanuism in action against uMthwakazi - Bulawayo24
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It is largely blamed for the assassination of Josiah Tongogara, a Karanga, on the eve of Zimbabwe's independence. At the moment the bitter Zezuru/Karanga rivalry is playing out through the declining Zanpu/PF, a Zezuru outfit, and the 'ascendant' MDC-T,
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SundayOpinion: Charges of armed forces coup baseless - The Zimbabwe Standard
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... among them Mbuya Nehanda, Sekuru Kaguvi, King Lobengula, Joshua Nkomo, Ndabaningi Sithole, Samuel Tichafa Parirenyatwa, Leopold Takawira, Herbert Chitepo, Edison Sithole, Jason Ziyapapa Moyo, Josiah Tongogara, Alfred Mangena, to name but a few,
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Residents praise city for improved service - NewsDay
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“We acknowledge the efforts made by council in resurfacing 4th Street between Josiah Tongogara and Herbert Chitepo. “This should act as a benchmark for all road repairs in Harare since it gives a lasting solution to the reduction of road carnage.”
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War Veterans in Zimbabwe's Revolution. - Zimbabwe Independent
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He gives the example of Nathan Shamuyarira, who challenged — but failed — to topple Herbert Chitepo and Josiah Tongogara. In this new era however, coercion, punishment and purgation were hovering threats, and repression of dissent was adopted as the
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From the Editor's bottom drawer: Is Zimbabwe breeding warlords? - NewsDay
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Giants of the struggle like General Josiah Tongogara, Rex Nhongo, Nikita Mangena and Lookout Masuku always placed themselves appropriately within, and under the political panoply, never seeking to upstage that fundamental order
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War Veterans in Zimbabwe's Revolution. - Zimbabwe Independent
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This era also witnessed the separation of powers in Zanu — which occurred only in 1973 — when Josiah Tongogara was elected as Chief of Defence to the Dare, a group containing no civilians. The main method of recruiting fighters during this phase was
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Tekere tames ZANU-PF in death - The Financial Gazette
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Tekere became the 90th hero to be interred at the national shrine where other luminaries of the liberation struggle such as Josiah Chinamano, Josiah Tongogara, Herbert Chitepo, Leopold Takawira and Jason Moyo were also laid to rest
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RIP '2Boy' Tekere: Ibbo Mandaza - The Zimbabwe Guardian
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... President Mugabe, Nathan Shamuyarira, Eddison Zvobgo, Dzingai Mutumbuka (who was my boss in the Department of Education and Manpower in Maputo during that period), Josiah Tongogara, Rex Nhongo (Solomon Mujuru), and Sydney Sekeremayi, among others
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Nkala’s list of heroes - NewsDay
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Among the deceased politicians, Nkala said there was no need for Zanu PF’s politburo to sit down and deliberate the hero status of Vice-President Joshua Nkomo, Moton Malianga, Ndabaningi Sithole, Leopold Takawira, Herbert Chitepo, Josiah Tongogara,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Josiah Tongogara
    FORTIES
  • 1979
    Age 41
    Died in 1979.
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    A CIA intelligence briefing of 28 December 1979 said Tongogara was a potential political rival to Mugabe because of his.. ambition, popularity and decisive style.
    More Details Hide Details On the same day, the US embassy in Zambia reported: Almost no one in Lusaka accepts Mugabe's assurance that Tongogara died accidentally. When the ambassador told the Soviet ambassador the news, the surprised Soviet immediately charged 'inside job'. Ian Smith also insisted in his memoirs that Tongogara's "own people" killed him, and that he had disclosed at Lancaster House that Tongogara was under threat. "I made a point of discussing his death with our police commissioner and head of special branch, and both assured me that Tongogara had been assassinated," Smith wrote. A former Detective in the Law and Order Section of the, now defunct, BSA Police (now Zimbabwe Republic Police) saw photographs of Tongogara's body. There were three wounds, consistent with gunshot wounds, to his upper torso. The undertaker's statement was not a "formal" autopsy report and as such was dismissed by all but the senior politburo of ZANU. In spite of all these rumours, Mr. R. Silke, the pathologist for Mashfords Funeral Home in Zimbabwe, confirmed, in a television documentary in 1982 called "Tongo", that this theory of gunshot wounds on Tongogara's body, was false as he personally inspected the body. He confirmed that the injuries he found were consistent with road accident trauma.
    At the Lancaster House Agreement in 1979, Tongogara was a crucial "moderating" force, according to Lord Carrington, the then British Foreign Secretary, who chaired the talks.
    More Details Hide Details By then Tongogara openly favoured unity between ZANU and Joshua Nkomo's ZAPU. "Robert Mugabe referred to unity with Zapu as sharing the spoils with those who had not shouldered the burden of fighting," says Wilfred Mhanda, a former ZANLA commander who was imprisoned in Mozambique for allegedly leading an internal revolt within the party. As Lancaster House concluded, Tongogara returned to Mozambique, where Zanla was based, to inform his soldiers of the ceasefire. Among them was Margaret Dongo, who, aged fifteen, had crossed into Mozambique to join the guerrillas, adopting the chimurenga (liberation war) name of Tichaona Muhondo ("we shall see/resolve this in the battle"). Six days after the Lancaster House Agreement was signed Robert Mugabe, on the Voice of Zimbabwe radio station, conveyed "an extremely sad message" to "all the fighting people of Zimbabwe": the forty-one-year-old Tongogara was dead, killed in a car accident in Mozambique on 26 December 1979.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1975
    Age 37
    And in 1975, he put down an internal revolt by members of the Manyika tribe and consolidated that control with the assistance of Mujuru, aka Rex Nhongo.
    More Details Hide Details Herbert Chitepo, who may have encouraged the Manyika revolt, was killed by a car bomb that year, and a Special International Commission in Zambia found Tongogara, among others, responsible.
  • 1973
    Age 35
    Tongogara was one of several rebel commanders operating from outside of Rhodesia's borders to free the country from white rule. In 1973 he took over command from Herbert Chitepo of the armed forces of the Zimbabwe African National Union.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1938
    Age 0
    Born in 1938.
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