By Frank Matandirotya
IN his book, The Story of My Life, the late Vice-President Dr Joshua Nkomo, describes a meeting of nationalists representing different polit
ical parties they held in Tanzania with the late Julius Nyerere.
The Zanu PF delegation at the meeting had come with no civilian leadership, but was represented by its military command led by Rex Nhongo (now Solomon Mujuru).
When Nyerere asked the Zanla commander who their leader then was, Nkomo wrote that Mujuru handed him a piece of paper, and on it was written Robert Mugabe.
So Mugabe became the leader of Zanu PF courtesy of the Zanla command led by Mujuru who today continues to wield so much power in the military, government, business and political spheres of this country.
Besides being godfather of one faction in Zanu PF fighting for control of the party, he is also husband to Vice-President Joice Mujuru.
The general comes from Chikomba which is also home to Perence Shiri, Commander of the 5th Brigade during the Gukurahundi era, who is now Air Marshal of the Airforce of Zimbabwe.
* Frank Matandirotya is an MDC activist writing from Polokwane, South Africa.