By Margaret Kamba
Vice President and Second Secretary of ZANU PF Cde Constantine Chiwenga says the story of the liberation struggle has for far too long been told by others hence the need to have the liberators document their own story.
Other liberators that have made efforts to do this include Professor Charles Pfukwa, Felix Muchemwa and Agrippa Mutambara among others. However many narratives about the liberation struggle for Zimbabwe have been written by the likes of Terrence Ranger and his folk who tell the story from their own perspective.
Speaking at the launch of Secretary for Adminstration Cde Obert Mpofu's book yesterday, the Vice President challenged the failure to write these accounts, saying it will wipe away the country’s liberation values.
"The anti-imperialist agenda would be a piecemeal milestone if the frontline participants of our liberation struggle are not pro-active in reflecting on the rule of the gun in the birthing of the post-colonial state in Africa," he said.
"The failure to reconnect to the ideological foundation of our existence through authentic memorialization will wipe away the keenness to safeguard our liberation values.
"For too long, the narration of our history has been a preserve of institutions disposed to dignifying colonial control on knowledge production. It brings so much delight that today we launch a monumental ideological preservation masterpiece in the form of Cde, Dr Obert Moses Mpofu's autobiography titled "On the shoulders of Struggle: Memoirs of a Political Insider". Surely this contribution edifies the quest for liberating our liberation historiography which has long suffered the colonial capture through academics conniving with our long sworn detractors.
"By and large, our detractors have tried to arrest any effort by anti-colonial practitioners to narrate their experiences in view of the changing facets of imperialism in pre and post independence Africa."
The book was published by Leaders for Africa Network.