Chipanga insulted us all!

Hildegarde The Arena “We are war veterans ourselves. These two gentlemen you have here (Vice Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko) have been gunholders. You can call them ‘vana bhomba...
IT’S TOTAL WAR . . . Women jostle for water at a borehole in Mufakose during the weekend shutdown, but such was the pressure some resorted to a nearby stream, where they ended up fetching dirty water to flush toilets, and in some cases to do laundry

What happens when taps run dry . . .

Hildegarde The Arena IT was quite ironic that the inaugural issue of WASH: Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Connector Newsletter was released on January 31 when the whole of Greater Harare had gone dr...
Cde  Joseph Khumalo

Unsung heroes of Zim women’s rights

The Arena Hildegarde IN November last year I bought a second-hand book, “Profiles of Rhodesia’s Women”, compiled and published in 1976 by the National Federation of Business and Professional Women of...
In this collage Cde Larry Dube breaks down as he gives an account of how his parents had to lie to Rhodesian security forces that he was studying in London when he had gone for guerilla warfare training in Moscow. — (Picture by Kudakwashe Hunda)

From Moscow to Khami Maximum Prison

Hildegarde The Arena THE children’s names are a reflection of the freedom fighter, intelligence agent, and political detainee he is. They are: Zvenyika, Zvaiitika, Zvapera, and Zvataida. He says he n...
CDE LARRY DUBE . . . “Yes, we have unity . . . The most important thing is that we are brothers and sisters. If we are united through the love of God, we will be a big nation”

Larry Dube: A hard nut to crack

The Arena Hildegarde “I was in cell 32 and Aiden Diggeden (the Rhodesian thief and legendary jail breaker) was in cell 31,” recounted Cde Larry Dube (Fox Adolphus Urayai Ndambakuwa Muwani), a Zipra d...
Cde Mavis Mhlanga

Cde Mavis Mhlanga: An epitome of heroism

Hildegarde The Arena SELFLESSNESS is a virtue found in very few people, especially when the wounds of the war of liberation need closure. This is the picture that 60-year-old Cde Mavis Mhlanga (Mrs E...
Cde Kenny Ridzai

Fighting for the people, with the people

Hildegarde The Arena Due to this basic training element, the struggle for Zimbabwe’s Independence transformed itself into a people’s war, where the people (masses/povo) were heavily involved, despite...
Cde Loveness Chidhakwa crying after recollecting painful experiences they encountered in the liberation struggle

Women combatants bare scar tissues of war

COUNTLESS stories have been told of women that fought in the liberation struggle that brought Independence to Zimbabwe alongside their male counterparts. It is often a distorted narrative told on the...
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Death should be a unifier

Hildegarde The Arena LEGENDARY English playwright William Shakespeare in the tragic play Macbeth says, “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it br...
Dr Hikwa

Go well Hikwa, you did us proud!

The Arena Hildegarde Dr Hikwa’s desire to take the library as we know it to the people saw one of the most amazing projects come out of library land in Zimbabwe. He was among the people that came up ...
The late Bob Marley

Zim to Jamaica: UK’s hypocrisy exposed

The Arena Hildegarde “All the crimes of slavery were being committed in the name of the Crown. The Queen is the head of state of the UK Government. The Government was complicit in all the crimes that...
Joice Mujuru

The media, Mujuru ‘sensational claims’

Hildegarde The Arena APART from satisfying readers’ information demands, one aspect that made my job very exciting in yesteryears was the book selection process, what we technically called collection...