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ZapuPres Dumi

Dumiso Dabengwa is the leader of ZAPU and a liberation war hero. He was also a member of Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) officially until 2008 when he left ZANU to revive ZAPU.


He was born on the 6th of December 1939. He is married and has two children.


He holds four degrees, two of which are honorary

  • Honorary doctorate degree from the University of Zimbabwe
  • Honorary degree for his dedication towards the emancipation of black people in Zimbabwe and Africa
  • Diploma in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Political career

He started political activism in 1958 when he was still working for the Bulawayo City Council. He then participated in the Second Chimurenga heading the Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Party (ZIPRA) intelligence. Dabengwa received his military training in Moscow, Russia hence is known as the 'Black Russsian' by his fellow comrades. He was appointed Home Affairs Minister in 1992, a post which he held for eight years until 2000.He had been earlier in 1982 charged with treason in 1981 but the state failed to provide evidence for the offence. However, he spent four years in detention for the offence.  In 2008 he quit ZANU PF to revive the Zimbabwe African People's Party thus reversing the 1987 Unity Accord which had merged ZANU and ZAPU into one political party. Dabengwa said he left ZANU PF because he was convinced the party would lose the election with the kind of leadership it had.  He did not contest in the 2008 presidential election but supported another former ZANU PF official Simba Makoni. Similarly in the July 31, harmonized elections, he formed a coalition with Welshman Ncube turning down Morgan Tsvangirai's call to form a grand coalition to oust Robert Mugabe

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