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industry urged to document literature on liberation struggle and
promote African culture
Liberators Platform (ZLP)
July 24, 2003
While the liberation
struggle brought independence to Zimbabwe, its history has been
distorted because of lack of written literature.
Liberators Platform (ZLP), an non-partisan, non governmental organisation
formed by genuine war veterans, whose core business is to advocate
for peace, democracy, good governance and development, is appealing
to book sellers, publishers, writers and librarians to work together
to document a true and accurate account of the liberation struggle,
for which so many lives were lost.
documentation of the liberation struggle is important because at
independence in 1980, the Rhodesian authorities destroyed many records.
Top officials in the post independence government have also destroyed
certain records on the liberation struggle in a bid to deliberately
rewrite the liberation struggle and put important roles for themselves.
It is however sad to note that very few writers and historians in
Zimbabwe have shown interest in the documentation of the struggle
23 years after independence.
in Zimbabwe is mostly Western, resulting in the reinforcement of
cultural bias that denigrates African cultural values. Schools and
colleges have very limited material on the liberation struggle.
The government has also not made the history of Zimbabwe a compulsory
subject for the schools and colleges. However, the Kosovo and First
Gulf Wars are already part of the history curriculum in schools
for Zimbabwe. Students and pupils in Zimbabwe know more about Western
history than their own because there is abundant material on the
World wars while there is limited literature on Zimbabwe and Africa
The lack of
literature on the history of the country has resulted in the disregard
of historical monuments of Chimurenga wars. Neglected monuments
for the First Chimurenga include, the Jameson House where heroes
were "mock-tried", the "hangman's tree" where
they were murdered and the burial site in Dzivarasekwa that has
been desecrated by the construction of military barracks, which
are not even named after any of the heroes. Only a few heroes are
remembered while the bulk of them have been forgotten due to lack
mediums such as Ambuya Nehanda, Sekuru Chidyamauyu, Sekuru Chiodzamamera
and Sekuru Chipfene of Mt Darwin guided freedom fighters during
the liberation struggle. Unfortunately after independence the roles
of these mediums have been discarded. The spirit mediums have complained
through their heirs and heiresses. They are saying there are inexplicable
accidents and droughts in Zimbabwe because people have disregarded
The book industry
is therefore urged to document the history of the liberation struggle
as well as promote the African culture polluted by colonisation
and neglected after independence.
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