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Tongogara’s interview opens can of worms

A can of worms has been opened in the life of General Josiah Magama Tongogara with several of his children and other family members joining a chorus of people questioning whether the late Zanla supremo really died in a car accident.

Report by Patrice Makova

They said if the Zanu PF leadership had nothing to hide, a commission of inquiry into his death over 33 years ago should be instituted to clear the air.

Recently, Angeline Gamanya, mother of Tongogara’s four children, said in an interview with a local weekly that the death of the former Zanla commander still haunted her and demanded that she be driven to the scene of the accident where her husband died.

But it has also emerged that Tongo, as the late Zanla chief of defence is commonly called, sired a total of 10 children with seven women.

The family spokesperson, Michael Magama Tongogara, insisted none of the seven women, including Angeline, was ever traditionally or legally married to him.

Some of Tongogara’s children residing outside Zimbabwe last week told The Standard that only the truth of what happened to their father would bring closure to the family and the whole nation.

They doubted the official version that their father died in an accident on December 26 1979.

“There are so many glaring inconsistences about what happened to our father. You can tell they [Zanu PF Officials] are lying,” said one of the children. “We want the truth to come out in order to bring finality to this issue.”

Another child said the images of Tongogara’s body depicted a burnt body not congruent with an ordinary side-swiping of the late general’s vehicle as official versions of accounts say.

“If his body was burnt, why is it that the wreckage of the car does not show any burns?” asked another Tongogara sibling, adding that from what the family had gathered from “credible sources”, some parts were missing from the body.

Michael, Tongogara’s elder brother, confirmed that the family was still in the dark about what happened.

He said up to now Tongogara’s personal belongings, including his knobkerry and other traditional artefacts, have still not been returned to the family.

Michael said when he was flown to Maputo to view his young brother’s body, something inexplicable happened, signifying that something was amiss in accordance with African traditional beliefs.

“All I can say is that when his coffin was opened for me at the mortuary, his body wept (mutumbi wakasvimha misodzi), then I just left,” said Michael.

He said even if the family was not satisfied with the explanation of what happened to Tongo, there was nowhere they could complain, hence the best was to remain quiet.

Michael said the family was of the opinion that Tongo’s children were being neglected by the government and the Zanla commander’s former close friends and compatriots.

He said while Tongo had four children with Angeline, namely Hondo (born 1969), Tichafa, Bvumai and Nyaradzo, he also sired six other children with different women.

These are Conrad (born 1963) who is the eldest of all Tongogara’s children, Sukai, Simba, Tichaitora, Annie and Granger.
Michael said most of Tongogara’s children were struggling to survive, with some unemployed despite the sacrifice made by their father and the closeness the national hero was to several senior government and party officials.

He said after his death, close friends, among them the late Retired General Solomon Mujuru and the late Chief Air Marshal, Josiah Tungamirai, virtually cut links with the family.

“Rex [Mujuru] was very close to Tongo after we recruited him from Zipra. With Tungamirai, they used to dress like twins,” said Michael.

He said the others close to Tongogara included Zanu PF politburo member and former minister, Kumbirai Kangai and former Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander and the late General Vitalis Zvinavashe.

“All these were Tongo’s people, but after independence no one came to us to see how the family or children were doing. Maybe there is something they are afraid of,” said Michael.

The death of Tongogara attracted a lot of speculation in independent Zimbabwe. Some suggested that his death supposedly in a car crash in Mozambique, a few weeks before ceasefire and independence was suspicious.

Zanu PF women’s league boss, Oppah Muchinguri, sat behind Tongogara in the same truck with four others. Tungamirai and others were in a front car. Muchinguri survived without a scratch.

In 2002, Muchinguri told Moto magazine that their vehicle side-swiped a trailer of another truck before rolling twice, resulting in the instant death of Tongo.

But readers responded that the story had many loopholes, including why their vehicle had no spare wheel for such a high-powered delegation.

The liberation hero never legally married: Michael

Michael said he was surprised to hear from the rumours that the army on Boxing Day organised commemorations for Tongo without consulting him or his other siblings, sisters; Annie, Rossie and Edna and young brother Joshua, as well as most of his children.

Michael questioned the involvement of Angeline and her daughter Nyaradzo in the army commemorations.

He said Angeline should not “masquerade” as a member of the Tongogara family, as the late guerrillas never married any of the seven women he sired children with.

“He had many girlfriends and children, Angeline being one of them. His philosophy was that we should produce as many children as possible, so that some of them would become liberation fighters,” he said

Michael said Nyaradzo was not yet known to the Tongogara family, as she was yet to be formally introduced to it, 33 years after she was born.

Moreover, the family believes that after 1980, Angeline married the late businessman, Cuthbert Moyo, whom they knew from the Zambian days.

Contacted for comment, Nyaradzo said she and her mother would only respond to questions in writing.

I was close to Josiah: Brother

Michael, who was based in Zambia during the struggle and is still an active Zanu PF member, said he was close to his brother.

He produced several letters from Tongo asking him to take care of his children even in the event that he died.

In one of the letters, dated December 4 1978, Tongogara wrote from Mozambique to his elder brother outlining his trials and tribulations with the war of liberation and his concern for Zimbabwe and his family.

Wrote Tongogara: “Budi early next year Amai Hondo is supposed to come to Maputo to stay. The party has decided that all officials should have their ‘[wives]’ in Mozambique in order to solve a number of problems. So I feel when all is set, she should bring with her two kids, Bvumai and Sukai. You remain with two boys Hondo and Tichafa. I want the two young ones for one simple reason, because they are young and can easily catch up with Portuguese, though they will be integrated with other English-speaking children.”

Michael said the late Vice-President, Simon Muzenda, helped to write supporting affidavits to enable Tongogara’s children to get birth certificates as he knew them and their mothers.

124 Responses to Tongogara’s interview opens can of worms

  1. emmanuel January 6, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    It won’t bring tongogara back to life its a waste of time after 33years

    • chokwadi chino rwadza January 8, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

      it won’t but the relatives deserve to know what happened to their relative. Kasi ndiwe wakamuuraya urikurwadziwa nei if they demand the truth. Ingawani you have such a good biblical name.

    • Ester Mukina January 10, 2013 at 10:30 am #

      waste of time coz hasi hama yako. Wakambofirwa here iwe benzi remunhu.

    • primrose January 11, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

      Ndiwe wakavauuraya.

    • simba January 12, 2013 at 8:26 am #

      you are not thinking at all. kunovhiya mbudzi chaiko

    • Gift January 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

      i dont think the issue is about bringing bac Tongo but th e real issue is that we learn from our mistakes so a commission of inquiry will prevent the same from happening again

  2. Machisa January 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    Tongo died 33 years. A lot of us cried. Some celebrated . Why waste time and money. He won’t come back

    • Prince January 6, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

      The truth shall set you free. Let the truth come out. Why was Arafat exhumed 8 years on? The truth on Tongo will hopefully stop any such treatment in future

    • Comrade January 8, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

      if you were one of the ones who cried you would want to know the truth about what happened to him. You are in the group who celebrated.

  3. Gedza (Tete Provincial Commander 1975-1979) January 6, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    Emmanuel, you are talking like that coz you never knew him. Dai yanga iri hama yako vaitaura kudaro here. Uite mushe iwe. Iwe une hama dzako dzakafa kare but at one point or the other you wish kuti dai nhingi anga aripo…….its the same thing with the Tongo family.

  4. munyori January 6, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    Tongo vakomana, Tongo here hameno chakamudya ko bvunzai vapenyu vakanga vanaye. Tikaeranyoka negonzi iripo

  5. Three Men On A Boat January 6, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    It is a bit odd that his brother is coming out like this now. What has he been doing all this time? This is 33 years down the line.

    And this business of disrespecting the mother of Tongo’s four children is just not on. It is typical African behaviour where uncles want to take control of things that should really be getting legs for and from the children

    • Tindo January 8, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

      i think the reason is becoz amai ava vakaita memorial pasina hama dzaTongo. if she was a a real wife she should have called his relatives. She does not own Tongo. Iye akadisrespector the babamunini on tv.

    • Grieving Widow January 9, 2013 at 12:03 am #

      Its also a bit odd that Angeline is demanding to see the car and where the accident occurred 33 years later. Where was she? Oh i know, married to another man. Geez that’s a grieving widow.

  6. dega 22 January 6, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Akapfurwa naOpah Muchinguri imii hamuzive here, kusweroda kuti nyaudza apa…

    • Tindo January 8, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

      kana Opah wacho asina kutaura nyaya yacho ngairambe ichitaurwa. Why do you want to stop the family from talking. Dai yanga iri hama yako wainyarara here?

  7. chisvoboy January 6, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    The truth shall set us free and this guy Tongo was deeply concerned about the future of Zimbabwe.

    The letter Tongo wrote described Angie az his wife and his brother iz nw addressing her az a girlfriend.Mike akarambwa naAngie ndokusaka akutaura zvamushakabvu Cuthie.Yakaoma nyaya iyi.

    Who is fooling a who or its politics @ play.Ari kuda kufadza ani or he wants to divide us on the gallery side.

    • Gayigusu Gwesela January 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

      Good observation Chisvoboy, Angie was the wife and the letter that says so is with the same man who now says she was not the wife but a girlfriend. We are told in that ltter that spouses/wives should join husbands in Mozambique and nowhere does it say girlfriends. May be nhaka yakaramba thats why mudhara is angry with her.

      • tafamutekwe January 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

        Very good observation.Daka rema in-laws tagara tinoriziva pakati pedu vatema.Kuti kune vana 10 or 20 hatizvirambe asi the official wife according to Tongo himself,was Angeline Tongogara-Moyo nee Gamanya.Asiwo Nyaradzo,is it not embarrassing to you that after 33 years you have made no effort to meet your father’s people?Chi salad here nhai vasikana?Dont involve your mother’s feud with her in-laws because you are and will always be a Tongogara.Inga watokura wani!Pfuma yekuroorwa kwako inoenda kwa Tongogara kwete kwa Gamanya.

      • Tete January 8, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

        In her interview she admitted wani that she was not married. This uncle is just confirming what she herself said. Mapoto mapoto vazukuru.

        • Cde Pachokwadi January 10, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

          I have met some of Cde Tongos Children besides Gamanya’s. I think Gamanya is dubious in that she thinks she alone can get credit for Tongos legacy. What abt Tongos other children . She is a drama Queen who causes trouble when she needs money. Tongos other kids deserve more but they are getting on with life. All they want is recognition and involvement in their fathers legacy(Gamanya clearly only wants her kids to be recognised).

          • Cde Pachokwadi January 10, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

            I have met some of Cde Tongos Children besides Gamanya’s. I think Gamanya is dubious in that she thinks she alone can get credit for Tongos legacy. What abt Tongos other children . She is a drama Queen who causes trouble when she needs money. Tongos other kids deserve more but they are getting on with life. All they want is recognition and involvement in their fathers legacy(Gamanya clearly only wants her kids to be recognised).

  8. Mpunity January 6, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    First Tongogara, then Soloman Mujuru.

    Let’s pretend it never happened so the evil thug (mugger) who ordered the killings can die in office.

  9. muveterana January 7, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    iwe “chisvo boy” na”three men on a boat’, nhaka inogarwa munhu asina kuroorwa here? what rubbish are you talking about. this woman got married to Cuthbert Moyo and moved on with her life akachema Tongo zvikapera kokuzodzoka after Moyo died is that proper unless you are a gold digger? The Tongo’s have a right to protect their name. How could she have a memorial of Tongo without his family. imagine iwe ukanzwaro! ko why lie that Tongo has no other children. Typical wicked step mother i bet her children are failures in life vakuda kuvharira vamwe. Let the truth come out munhu uyu anga akuenderera.

  10. zimcitizen January 7, 2013 at 6:41 am #

    those of us who understand nyika better will inform u kuti great man like Tongo can be killed but their ideas will never die.The empty talk yekuti he is dead so we the people of this country must keep quiet is a reflection of shallow thinking.Can the American erase the history of G Washington,Jefferson,Lincoln….etc Those who are saying the issue is not relevant should tell us more, asi ndimi makauraya?,why are u afraid of the truth ?,a truth that has been concealed for years for that matter .Zimbabwe will never heal for as long as the truth about Tongo,Chitepo,and other atrocities is not revealed.

  11. the patriot January 7, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    the Tongo issue exposes a lot one the tactic of a charlatan masquerading as Mrs Tongo when in actual fact she is Mrs Moyo.Thats very bad.Our minds should teach us better.2 it exposes the level of journalism in our country,how can the entire state media be fooled into believing her money seeking ploy,remember this is the same woman who once claimed that she was suffering from neglect and went to beg money to the MDC-T leadership yet she owns a flourishing farm in Concession (Nyaradzo farm).Again it is the media that gave her ploy relevance with some calling her a silent lamp and yet she was married to a business man the owner of Paw Paw lodge.Her recent facts leaking interview with the Sunday Mail took other media houses by storm yet there was more to her activities and story that demanded investigation and interrogation.She is a con woman worse than Rotina Mavhinga (the Chinhoi diseal woman) who thought she could abuse the Tongo family for her own good.Bravo to the Standard crew that unearthed this story.

  12. Patience January 7, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    its such a shame that all this is coming out in the public. i think ZBC and the Herald are to blame for fueling this fight in the family. What Mai Hondo and Tongo’s son said about Tongo’s young brother Joshua was not necessary. What was said about the babamukuru was also not necessary. Its only fair that this babamukuru says his side of the story. Don’t throw stones when you are in a glass house.

  13. Jackal January 7, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    33 years ago there was no possibility of an opposition party. Now its possible but not without a fight. 33 years ago if the Tongo’s had said anything they would be dead. Now is the right time. Ngozi inenguva yayo. Tongo is fighting. Let the truth come out. Ko maburns ari kutaurwa aya and the removed body parts? Aiwa Zanu has to explain. there is more to the story than what was said. Iwe opah stop lying. The bona fide family should keep fighting.

  14. the truth January 7, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    ko whats up with this girl called Nyaradzo claiming to be a Tongogara and yet she does nt know her so called fathers,sisters,brothers and children,is this not an indication that she must be this Cuthbert Moyo’s daughter.I saw her on tv she does nt even look like Tongogara.Her plea to Tongo if at all he is her father is that she should know her relatives and not to beg for money.

  15. fifth brigade January 7, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    ko gayiguso na chisvo in our shona culture babamukuru vanogara nhaka here? Dont be silly. The issue of wives going to Mozambique looks like an instruction from the party and since Tongo was cohabitating with Angeline she was the candidate to go. He wanted to live with his two children. kana vanhu vachibika mapoto you consider yourselves husband and wife but legally or customarily you are not married.

  16. Women Rights January 7, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    Vakadzi hatisi right! Women rights, ndomarights acho here? How can you claim to be Mai Tongo when you are married to another man. Thats very bad mai Hondo. Tongo wacho aramba ndosaka zvabuda.

  17. tk January 7, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    Zvakaoma hazvo. Chokwadi ngachibude pachena. Asinyaya iyi inoda kunzverwa zvineuchenjeri kwete zvirikuitika izvi. Pane vakawanda vanezvinangwa zvakasiyanasiyana panyaya iyi, mbavha, matsotsi, makororo, political oppotunists, economic opportunists, social opportunists etc. Rest in eternal peace cde Tongo, you played your part, ndozvinoita hondo, ndiyo inonzi hondo. This is the begining of new era in the history of the Zimbabwe. Continued discussion of your death in independent Zimbabwe 33years down the line means a lot both to he old and young generation.

  18. tafamutekwe January 7, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    In the same issue of the Sunday Mail the chairman of the Tongogara Memorial Trust, Dr.Simbi Mubako suggested the renaming of Boxing day to Tongogara day.As much as we do not mind honoring this great icon of our struggle the suggestion was somehow clumsy.Firstly because our Heroes day(s) holiday is already set aside to remember the collective efforts of all our liberation war fighters.Secondly if we are to start allocating individual holidays to our heroes how many non-holidays will be left on our calender?Mubako talks about Boxing day being a colonial holiday meaning that even Xmas will have to be renamed,presumably Robert Mugabe Day and Easter holidays being allocated to a plethora of other heroes like Joshua Nkomo,Simon Muzenda and Joseph Musika .Will it ever end,eh. Dr.Mubako,sir!

  19. taura zvako January 7, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    i think MDC-T killed tongo

    • tafamutekwe January 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

      Of course you are right.Nelson Chamisa himself was sent to do the execution (in 1979!)

      • greg Norman January 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

        How could Tongo dare chat with Smith and even ask Smith how his mother was faring [ he knew the mother from his early years in Shurugwi] during the Lancaster House Conference when BOSS was totally against that and would not even greet the Rhodesians? How could Tongo dare advise the boss to agree to the terms offered at the Conference arguing that the Rhodesian problem could not be solved by war arguing that it would still take more years to end.Worse was the assurance that he gave the boss that he [Tongo] and General Walls [ Rhodesian army general] could jointly find a solution to the nationalists’ fears surrounding the problems that would inevitably arise from the dicey ceasefire and subsequent merger of guerrillas and Rhodesian forces into one Zimbabwean army ivo BOSS vachiti kwete,pamberi nechimurenga.He was more than getting soft.Ndokutengesaka ikoko.Mutengesi chaiye saChitepo who was accused[though without enough evidence] of ochestrating the Nhari rebellion naasamanyika ake and escaped open censure but not assassination.Wasnt Tongo insightful or intelligent enough to see that independence by way of a settlement would prevent BOSS from achieving his cherished dream of making Zimbabwe a socialist state, not just an independent country? Surely, Tongo pane yaaitoronga nemabhunu chete! You know how WE deal with such sellouts.Dont you? After all the more radical no- nonsense Rex was a better option for the position and the postion was there for the taking if could only clear and clean the seat.Forget about the legendary if not fabled friendship and loyalty.I hondo nokutongaka apa.Asi ivowo mukoma Tongo, why was he accused of killing Chairman Chitepo and being imprisoned for a year by Kaunda.And you know the confession he initially made when asked by the Zambian courts about kufa kwaChitepo?Hatichatauri zvakawanda.Zvakwana panhasi.But one question that bothers me is that is it not a matter of what goes around coming around? Asi zvakaipa

        • Chiedza January 9, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

          iwe Greg Norman harisi zita remurungu here? Boss vakarwa chii ivo vanga varimusungwa all his life and after that he was seated in an office far from the war front. When Tongo died he couldn’t go to the bases because he didnt know where they were. Lancaster was a second front people who had died vanga vawandisa and if it didn’t work out vanhu vaidzokera kuhondo. Didnt you read his last interview tikupe. Tongo didnt kill Chitepo read the book See you in November by Peter Stiff. Besides he was acquitted by a court. We want to know how he died. Chete ngavataure.

          • Zvichaperachete January 19, 2013 at 6:23 am #

            Really he didnt kill Chitepo?????.Tongo confessed in the KK Commission of inquiry to assassinating Herbert Chitepo.He was the leader of the Karanga/Zezuru mafia that connived to assassinate Chitepo.Chaasina kuzivaTongo ndechekuti ukatamba nebanga unofa nebanga.Matibili went on to eliminate Tongogara in 1979.

    • gwest January 15, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

      Tambaoga mwana wa Tongo

  20. Dj Gudo January 7, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    Hanzi chitunha chakachema kkkkkkkk.mazed akatikuuya aya inzwai zvakutaura vamwe

    • tendai January 9, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

      Iwe Gudo ukaurayiwa hatikuoni uchimuka ngozi here? This was a sign to his brother kuti something is amiss. Haunzwi nyaya dzekuti mufi aramba kuvigwa kwakati and a grave inota mvura isingaperi. hausi murungu iwe.

  21. magaya January 8, 2013 at 6:32 am #

    imi sekuru gudo there is nothing funny abt a corpse crying uri murungu here asi ngazivi kuti chivanhu chinoitika. kwana.

  22. magaya January 8, 2013 at 6:40 am #

    asi kana mbuya iyoyo yakawanikwa nemumwe murume ichokwadi kuti ngairege kushandisa zita rekuti tongogara nokuti takatarisa izvi ka haisi chirikadzi yekwa tongogara asi kuti kwa moyo. zvino kana hurumende ichiri kungobatsira munhu akabva kwa tongo kwacho achitanga zvimwe ndivo vane problem. so i believe its high time we call a spade a spade ( wekwa moyo ndewekwa moyo kani).

  23. Josiyas January 8, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    The same people who killed Tongogara are the ones who killed Mujuru. these people have to be exposed to stop the cycle of violence. tongogara was not a perfect person, but he did a lot for the country

  24. Mwaimbotii January 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    what i know is that if Tongo had not been killed, there was not going to be Gukurahundi

  25. mashv January 8, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    ko nhai iam finding it strange, why is this lady Nyaradzo not going to meet any of her late father’s family,why has her mother now confirmed to be Mrs Moyo not introducing her to the rest of the family yekwaTongo asi she is nt a Tongogara.Ko if ever she got married before ndiyani aitambira mari dzacho akamirira vana baba ? Food for thought.

    • Tindo January 8, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

      taura hako mashv pane nyaya apa. Maone chaiyo.

  26. nyamunyamu January 8, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    But with his love for women nezvirwere hameno kuti dai asina kuurayiwa chii chaiitika

  27. nyamunyamu January 8, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    is Nyaradzo the one who was once married to a Senegalese and later Liberian. Ko muno arikushaya varume here this daughter wa Moyo na mai moyo (aka mai hondo)? I hope she is not a gold digger. why does she not help run Paw paw lodge?

    • Patie January 8, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

      She is a gold digger why make a plea to her father asking for money.

  28. tawaz January 8, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    People let me start by congratulating the Standard for a job well done,this is true investigative journalism.That being the case let me hasten to say that iam a Washaya-Moyo relative to the late Curthbet Moyo.The story iri kutaurwa namdara uyu is a genuine story mai Hondo ruined my aunt’s marriage.Its sad that it took so much time before the truth finally came out,but such is life.I was shocked to read in one of the online news sites, Nehanda radio and SWRadio that mai Hondo was languishing and so she had to beg money from the prime minister.This is strange because mai Hondo had taken a large portion of our business empire, at the same time she owns a farm in concession several properties in town including another lodge in the avenues area,most of her children are foreign based including Nyaradzo uyu.My question is that by claiming to be a Tongogara and yet closing out the real Tongogara from the foundation is she not trying to seek wealthy using their name yet dividing them?

  29. kurai January 8, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    @ nyamunyamu iwe i think we deserve to know kuti pese paairoorwa Nyaradzo apa ndiyani aitambira mari dzacho,pane nyaya apa, Josiah angadai akararama akapedza nyaya dzake oga.

  30. zzz January 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    the Tongos need to speak with one voice and dismiss this charlatan and her daughter before they are ruined.First i think Nyaradzo is a gold digger like her mother hence the endless failing marriages ,these guys need to know if she is a bona fide Tongo by going for DNA.Secondly this woman mai Hondo must immediately stop claiming to be a Tongogara but the Tongos must make the traditional payments for the children she have with their son.As for now she must stop carrying duties or anything using their name she is just like the rest of the silent women Tongo had affairs with.Those familiar with this family must speak out now coz i remember her relatives refused to let the body of Tongo inside her Belvedare house saying he had not married their daughter an event which confirms Mike’s story.
    Viva mdara Mike you stood for the truth !

  31. never January 8, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    zvimwe zvinhu zvinopedza power.

  32. tongai January 8, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    i feel sorry for this nyaradzo girl. how could she embarrass herself claiming to be the only girl mwana waTongo. KoAnnie uyu murume here? kikikiki, maone.

  33. Shingi January 8, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    If Angeline is now married to Moyo what is she doing claiming to be a Tongogara. Vakadzi havaite where is your conscious nhai imi?

  34. Sezvazviri January 8, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    i was wondering why Mnangagwa and Shiri were looking so uncomfortable at the memorial service. It was becoz there were no relatives dzaTongo wacho. Makakaviswa bhora risina mweya. kikikikiki.

    • Chiedza January 9, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

      Ivo vana General Chiwenga imagine if it is done to you? imagine vanhu vekwaMubayiwa vachikuitirai memorial service hama dzenyu dzekwaChiwenga dzisipo. its not right muri vanhu vakura nyaraiwo.

  35. Tinotenda January 8, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    This is a can of worms for sure. Ini ndirikutovanyarira mai ava. From what i read in the Herald i had so much respect for her. Now? I have questions.

  36. Tafadzwa January 8, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    There is nothing wrong in getting married. When Tongo died she must have been young. If you have moved on move on. I blame Angeline’s family they didn’t advise their daughter.

  37. Maidei January 8, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    I was shocked when i read this article. Ko why madhara eZANU are letting this get out of hand. How could you honour someone without the presence of his family? Please do something you are embarrassing comrade Tongo.

  38. Gore rino January 8, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

    Silence of the wolf. Angeline had us all fooled.

  39. January 9, 2013 at 12:46 am #

    zvakaoma zvekwa Tongo.

  40. tapiwa January 9, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    ko zvakatanga sei izvi nhai mwari?

    • Tariro January 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

      Bvunzai Nyaradzo namai vake ndivo vakaitanga nyaya iyi.

      • Trish January 9, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

        Iwe Tariro thats mean ndiRueben Barwe and his Zanu goons who took advantage of the situation.

  41. tapiwa January 9, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    ko zvakatanga sei izvi nhai mwari?zvakaoma.

  42. chemutengure January 9, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    nyaya dzatongo hadzipere until chokwadi chabuda. he was our leader in mozambique. its so sad that we know what happened but hapana wekuudza. as for mai tongo or is is mai moyo or mai hondo why was she quite from 1980? can the standard please provide us with the pictures of Tongo’s children. i also saw the wreckage of the car in the main newspaper, but why is the picture not online. Also please publish the photos of Tongo showing that akapiswa. Long live comrade Tongo – Long live our hero – long live his legacy –

    • murambatsvina January 9, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

      Wataura iwe can we see pictures of his body in your next issue. Tizvionerewo. Nyaya iyi yakora muto. Pamberi nacomrade Tongo. The truth shall prevail. Pasi nevari kunyepa.

    • murambatsvina January 9, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

      i agree with you. we want to see those pictures can the Standard avail them to us in the next publication tizvionerewo. The truth shall prevail.

  43. Tsvangirai Mugabe January 9, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    This tongo man altho he was a fiercely fuighter who needs to be recognised for his liberation antics we should also comment that he was not a responsible father.Why having so many wives??infidelity at its best.thats why he failed to leave a legacy of wealth for his kids,,those not employed obviously they were not educated.We do not want nepotism or favouritism yekuti coz mwana watongo saka anofanira kuva netop job,,,thts utter nonsense,,no education no job!To madam Oppah,,you kno the truth about what happened and perhaps you were part of the deal,,rovai Oppah until she furnishes the truth

    • Elizabeth January 9, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

      nhai Tsvangison imiwoye can’t you see that Tongo was fighting a war he didnt have time to loot wealth yaibva kupi musango imomo. Iwe pauri how many girlfrenz or boyfrenz have you had? Tibvirepo how many small houses are there in this country? Ko iwe tvangirai wakaita vangani in just one year? Kana vana vake varimadofo havawani matop jobs but for the educated they should be given top posts im sure among his children pane vakadzidza. Inga vamwe vane hama dzinotonga maMP nemaMinister ivo vasina chikoro.

      • Ruth January 9, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

        Pane vamwe vakatora vakadzi vevamwe. That’s worse.

  44. bv January 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    people think kuti Tongo had 7 wives its wrong coz he had 7 girl friends in his entire life, mai Hondo cum mai Moyo included. These women were never married to him nor in love with him at the same time but on specific times and years.Follow the years of birth of his children the you will realize the logic of what iam saying.

  45. me January 9, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    ko nhai mai ava sei vakambokumbira mari kuMDC then suddenly she is dinning and winning with zanu-pf top leaders.Is this not reflective of a vacillating personality

    • Trish January 9, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

      Taura hako she is always crying kuti vana vanotambura. maover thirty iwawo. i saw her daughter patv inga she looks well fed wani and was even wearing malabel. Mai vanonyepa ivava.

  46. hondo iyo January 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    these two ladies reminds me or the dhiziri kuChinhoi,why is zanu-pf always fooled by these female charlatans

    • Tsano January 9, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

      kikikikikiki and we saw top Zanu officials again making fools of themselves. They never learn these guys. We need to write a song.

  47. OPPAH January 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    Veduwe maiti ndoitawo sei? Inini ndakangonzi vhara maziso

    • karen January 9, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

      Iwe OPPAh why was your body not burnt kana scratch zvayo taona mota it was severly damaged. Wangawakagara kufront ndiko kune the most damage. Wakabuda sei usina scratch. Ko body yaTongo yakatsva neyi zvirikutaurwa izvi when the car was not burnt. Taura nyaya yako Oppah basa rekutambisa magaro kucongress.

      • lloyd January 9, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

        imika veduwe sisy opah chingotaurayi kani.

  48. Tsano January 9, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    I have a question for Cde Mnangagwa. He said the Tongo’s ndivana tsano he married Tongo’s sister. Ko nhai mukwasha makazo atenda sei memorial iyi pasina vanatezvara nanatsano nevakoma or vanun’una vemukadzi wenyu. Are you truly married to Tongo’s sister?

  49. Where were you? January 9, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    Ko makore ese awa where was the army? Why is the army honouring Tongo after 33 years? I can smell a rat. I think the best honour for Tongo is to reveal what really happened to him. vana General Chiwenga manga muri kuhondo. Taraika kuti chii chakaitika ikoko.

  50. murambatsvina January 9, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    I have so much respect for Tongo. Kuti Zimbabawe ivepo its becoz of people like him. Whether he had many children or not it shows that he was a human being. This man made mistakes but so what so do all of us. At least haana hake kutora vakadzi vevamwe. Things happen for a reason and i think his spirit is still fighting 33 years later. This family needs to be told the truth. They need closure.

  51. berejena January 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    nyaya iyi yakaoma vakomana inga chakapfugidza dzimba matenga vakomana so vamwe vakadzi 6 varipi tinzwe kuti tongo ave munhu akaita sei.

  52. trish January 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    chokwadi ngachibude ma zanu ajaira kuuraya vana kunge huku. baba vangu vakandiudza kuti tongo was killed by richard mureya. so ngozi iyi ifuridzirei ikoko vaone ndondo vanh ava.
    ko mai hondo ava vaizoroora futi seiko vakomana vachida zvekwa tongo ndoshave iri.

  53. memo January 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    is this nyaradzo gal the one aibuda pa tv ?

    • ndai January 11, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

      ndiye aikumbira mari

  54. ngwena January 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    asi hama dza tongogara hadzizivikanwe ne hurumendi. asi dzakafa naye. ko sei vasina kukokwawo kumabiko or hameno kuti chii chaiitwa kuhama yavo. nyaya dzeroora idzi dzakaoma taita vana

    • ndai January 11, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

      pane zvavaida kuita that’s why they didn’t call the relatives.

  55. the revolution January 10, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    there is nothing wrong with some one getting married but one can nt claim to be married by two families mai hondo pliz spare us the drama

    • charity January 11, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

      Imiwe this story is better than the Locadia, Elizabeth and Tsvangirayi saga. Ndakanyara kunge ndini asi babamukuru ava vangatsamwe kusvika that extent?

  56. the revolution January 10, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    @ greg Norman i hope your contributions are in satire mood coz if they are not it means your understanding of history is not only shallow but also misleading.tongo believed in a non tribal and non racdial Zimbabwe thats why he said these words ‘we are fighting the system and not the whitemen” this meant that the struggle for Zimbabwe was a fight anchored a quest to create a new system of governance that allows participation of all on merit grounds albeit skin or tribe

  57. bvumai January 10, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    @ murambatsvina,u are correct,these guys have not known the truth for years yet this woman (mai hondo) has been making sure the truth is hidden for good ,she has taken advantage of the situation and who knows for what reason.

    • charity January 11, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

      Bvumai ndiwe here mwana wamai hondo urikutaura izvozvo? how can you diss your mother like that.

  58. tisu January 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    the only reason why Angeline Gamanya aka mai Hondo,Mrs Moyo was silent for so many years is that she was still destroying washaya/Moyo’s business but because the business as evidenced by the current state of paw paw logde is not performing that good she wants to come to the Tongos for silver and gold.Mayaz mhani she left them when she decided to get married to the Moyos.In fact the papers (Sunday mail and the easily duped Lance Guma’ Nehanda and the SWradio) which gave her story covergae and relevance must withdraw their stories because they are based on falsehoods.Mai Hondo should appologise to the Tongos and the people of Zimbabwe.

  59. Matavara January 10, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    No disrespect to Cde Tongogara!! Surely if everyone whose parent died during or as a result of the liberation struggle claimed such special treatment for life, where will we be.

    These kids should fight for themselves and the country like their dad did, and not try to survive on their fathers legacy! He wanted a lot of children to fight the liberation war – let them live their father’s dream. The war is yet to be won!!!

    • Chiedza January 11, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

      vana vacho ndovari kunoza patv chiiko chinobuda ipapo.

  60. Ndochitaura chokwadi January 10, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    Pane group rakapanduka in Mozambique in 1979. Vanhu vanga vaiswa mu cabinet yaTongo, pakafa Tongo they demanded commission of enquiry ndobva vasungwa and sentenced to death in Mozambique. Queen Elizabeth pleaded with Mugabe in 1981 for their pardon and were released.
    Some of them went on to form Liberators Platform because they believe War Vet Association doesn’t represent Liberation interests but ZANU PF’s.
    During Mugabe’s speech on Mujuru’s burial, he named umwe wacho as true liberators and that person he named is still alive.
    Get the person and get to know what actually transpired. The history they wrote is wrote is wrong and biased. The era post ZANU PF will also give us chance to re-write and implicate evil people. Time is coming.

  61. Ndochitaura chokwadi January 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

    This is part of the history
    ZANU PF haidi kuti vanhu vazive

    • makuhwa January 16, 2013 at 6:38 am #

      Thanks Ndochitaura Chokwadi for link. It’s very insightful.

      Readinding your link took me back to the mid and late 70s when people would not trust there relatives let alone neighbours for fear. At that time all it required was to be pointed by finger that when so and so disappeared mai nhingi or baba nhingi had been talking to terrorists or that the soldiers were told by that old man or old woman that comrades had gone this direction baba! And also confusing at that time vanamudhara vasiri kunatso ziva kuti which was the real Zanu or whether to go back to Zapu or that uanc was to link the 2 zanus and zapu and then negotiate with Smith and end up with a country called Zimbabwe-Rhodesia but still saying bwan to murungu. Then to add salt to injury came another type gun carrying people called Selous scouts. They would behave like vanamukoma and then come back at night or sent soldiers bitting people. But the general atmosphere by the majority was to support anything that opposed those in the minority at the time.Sam

  62. Muchatiroto January 11, 2013 at 1:13 am #

    This is an old story better left to the dustbins of history. There are a lot of Guerrillas whose families never got anything from the state at the end of the war. I think we should be asking about the identity and proper burials of the Guerrillas who where hanged at Chikurubi and other prisons that gt fixated with the death of Tongogara. Do people think Genarals don’t die? Mujuru,Ox etc. they are all normal people and don’t only die because of schemes and stuff like that. They are normal people who did extra ordinary things in their time, Period. Are they more important than everybody else Negative. Let’s talk about the real Guys who died unknown and whose spirits still call to us for proper burial and recognition of what they did for us than weep forever over Generals who died not in battle but in their high offices.did the To go family expect Mujuru to inherit the estate of Tongo. If Mujuru was friendly to Tongo should he be expected to befriend the whole Tonogara family? I had friends in my several military wars that I have fought and never had to befriend the families of those Comrades of mine. I think it is stupid to think even Generals should be intiitled to privileges over and above what every Combatant gets as terminal benefits and any body who thinks like that should be told off. Some guys never got anything and still lie in unmarked graves whilst Mai Tongo Hershel’s was running shebeens next to Tarraskane hotel.tongo died in an accident in Mozambique and not in a battle like most guys who IED on the front so get over it.he was our ommander but not more important than everybody else. It happens in wars nd he knew it we owe the Tongogara family more than we owe all the heroes, negative, repeat negative, so get over it

    • kushata January 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

      asi wazvinzwa chete zviri kunetsa apa iwe zvokuti wakazoita sei ukaita sei kuhondo ndezvako izvo hanti vane vana vacho vakafa havasi kuzvifambira kuti vanzwe kuti chii chakaitika kumhuri dzavo. saka iwe unondiudza kuti hausati wambobatsira vana ve shamwari yako iwe kuti vagare zvakanaka kuti varege kumhanya ne begging bowl.
      from the way u are talking am convienced that waiva mushandi kuhondo iwe. kushata

    • hatiroti January 11, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

      iwe vanaTongo vaienda kufront. hauna here kunzwa mainterview evanhu vachiti Tongo never sent someone to do something he never did. tauraka kuti vanhu vacho vakavhigwa kupi vafushunhurwe. arikuramba kuvhiga vanhu ndiTongo here kana Zanu? The war was not fought by Tongo alone but he was a Commander. iwe ndiwe wega usingadi kuziva, we want to know.

  63. OPPAH January 11, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Amunawe! Mwadii kuchipedza zvenyaya yaTongo iyi. mwazuwano ndanga ndavakuwanawo hope chaidzo. please ndapota, kana ndakakanganisa ndine hurombo. Cant we at least forgive, forget and move on. When you are in a revolution you have to make sacrifices and look at the bigger picture. Tongo did his part and he should be remembered for that. As for us we did what we had to do

  64. Jorosa January 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    Tell them sister Oppah. But you have to ask for forgiveness from his family and pay some sort of compensation otherwise you will never erase him from your dreams

  65. we were there January 11, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    @ Muchatiroto,learn to get over your post war trauma,you have overshadowed your otherwise noble talk with emotions.I dont believe kuti Tongo wanted to be treated special if you follow your general like you claim he was to you,you would agree with me that he wanted the best of this country regardless of tribe kana race.He repeated this in many encounters to the extent that he became the philosophy of non racial politics.If you can listen even to his interviews he has repeated that he never intends or intended to be treated more equal than others like what many are doing nhasi

  66. we were there January 11, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    its only foolish kuti Tongo died in office because the same argument would say leaders are not fighters,,leadership means steering the fight meaning providing strategies,planning ,resources and keeping the fight on course and in motion.organizations, political or military are structured like that each stage,,each level has its own duties and responsibilities which demands the cooperation and coordination of others to function, shame on you Muchatiroto, asi waiva we Nhari rebellion or Vashandi?

  67. jmt January 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    Tongo’s children have not and will not ask for special favors,all they are demanding is the truth in two ways .Clarification of mai Hondo’s interview carried by the Sunday Mail in which she deliberately lied in cahoots with her daughter Nyaradzo that Tongo had just 4 children when in actual fact they are ten.The basis of this quest for clarification is that it appears sinister on the part of a married woman who as proved later never got married to Josiah at all to claim he had just four children.Secondly if the mujurus have asked for clarification on Solomon;s death what should stop the Tongos from doing the same,is asking for clarification a special favor if so why and whats there to hide

    • denford January 11, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

      vakazviudzwa vanogoitei nazvo?

  68. rawmags January 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    the sad point about many pseudo intellectuals and fly by night veterans commenting here is that they don’t understand what they are talking about.The issue as to why vana vaTongo may be sidelined has a lot to do with the mystery surrounding the death of their father, period.Some elements within the confines of this country are fearful of a vengeful powerful Tongogara that’s why they have to remain down below the spectrum of politics,economic and society .As the sidelining continues it has given opportunity and relevancy to tricksters and all celebrated gold seekers such as mai Hondo and her daughter.In a nut hell these two ladies are a creation of the government and state media who have wantonly and knowingly given them space and relevance.

  69. James Mayo January 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    can somebody please tell me what the other Tongogara children are doing in life? is it true that some of them are just “gunners” (private) in the army with no rank at all? If true then i think it is further kunyatso fixa the family kuvachepesa. we all know most of the top army guys were not promoted on merit. could they have not given some of these children a bit of some ranks not kunyadzisa mweya waTongo. If these children were born on the war front in mozambique they can equally qualify to be veterans of the struggle of some sort.

  70. Nathan January 11, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    i have been reading peoples comments for the whole week without commenting. My contribution is that the story of Njelele where Mujuru was warned to return zvinhu zvaTongo is true. Tongo’s brother said some of Tongo’s things were not handed over to the family. Pane nyaya who took them and why? This story has not only opened a can of worms on Tongo’s personal life but a lot of issues and i am convinced 200% kuti people are getting uncomfortable. hakusikurarwa vakomana. Mukoma vakasika kudzoka.

  71. Nathan January 11, 2013 at 11:45 pm #

    One last comment. ko dzimwe tsamba idzi dzakanyorwa kuti kudini?

  72. Cde Gamanyamuto January 12, 2013 at 12:13 am #

    I have met some of Cde Tongos Children besides Gamanya’s. I think Gamanya is dubious in that she thinks she alone can get credit for Tongos legacy. What abt Tongos other children . She is a drama Queen who causes trouble when she needs money. Tongos other kids deserve more but they are getting on with life. All they want is recognition and involvement in their fathers legacy(Gamanya clearly only wants her kids to be recognised).

  73. Dzitsi January 12, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    War is never a clean thing and a liberation army is never perfect. I think that a lot of good and bad happens at war. The promise & lure of becoming the King (or Prime Minister or President) is a factor never mentioned in the story of these struggles. We will never know the whole truth about the plots, conspiracies, scheming, alliances etc of the liberation struggle. Who knows who was plotting against who especially at the end when Independence was in site? That part of the Struggle for independence, the struggles within the struggle, and the unnecessary evil that comes with war is rarely written in History books. The victor and survivor always get to write the History books – and someone else may have a different version.

  74. kein January 12, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    asi chokwadi chave pedyo nekubuda dai mwari akapindira akabatsira mhuri iyi

  75. tinecha January 13, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    Musakanganwe vachitepo pamunotaura nyaya iyi

  76. Ndugu January 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    the world is a tough place, hey?
    R.I.P Tongo..

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