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Ndabaningi Sithole: A Forgotten Founding Father

Tinashe Mushakavanhu, editor
Ndabaningi Sithole: A Forgotten Founding Father
ISBN: 978-0-7969-2638-8
2023/226 pages
Distributed for HSRC Press
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Seismic shifts in Zimbabwe's politics since the 2017 demise of Robert Mugabe have generated renewed interest in Ndabaningi Sithole, the first president of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU). Tinashe Mushakavanhu brings this vanguard revolutionary back to center stage through a selection of his important political and literary works. The result is an important biographical mapping of Sithole's political and intellectual contributions to the liberation of Zimbabwe.


Tinashe Mushakavanhu is a junior research fellow in African and comparative literature at St Anne's College, University of Oxford.


  • Introduction: The Gospel According to Ndabaningi Sithole—T. Mushakavanhu.
  • Finding My Way.
  • Prison Life.
  • Photo Gallery.
  • Statement in Response to the Charges Brought by Rev. Garfield Todd (1948).
  • We Are Our Own Liberators (Speech at the Inaugural ZANU Congress, 1964).
  • On the Assassination of Herbert Chitepo: A Reflection. (1976).
  • Mugabe's False Claim: Memo to President Samora Machel (1976).
  • On the Internal Settlement Agreement, 3 March: An Interview (1978).
  • Zimbabwe's Year of Independence: An Interview (1978).
  • Sithole On His Writing Career: A Transcript (Voice of America, 1975).
  • Introducing Obed Mutezo: An Extract (Obed Mutezo, 1970).
  • To Fish Where Everybody Fishes: An Extract (Frelimo Militant, 1970).
  • On the Precipice's Edge: An Extract (Roots of a Revolution, 1977).
  • Sons and Daughters of the Soil: A Short Story (1977).
  • The Enemy Are Paper Tigers and ZANLA (Poems, 1975).
  • Letter to Herbert Chitepo (1970).
  • Letter to Nelson Mandela (1986).
  • Letter to Tobaiwa Mudede, Registrar General, Zimbabwe (1996).
  • Letter to Joshua Nkomo (1997).
  • Sithole's Release:  A Petition to Senator Edward Kennedy (1969).
  • Extract: ZANU vs ZANU-PF Copyright Infringement Lawsuit: An Extract (1987).
  • Charges for Attempting to Assassinate Mugabe: A Warned and Cautioned Statement (1995).
  • Banana Must Be Tried: A Petition (n.d.).
  • The New Social Order for Zimbabwe: A Political Pamphlet (n.d.).
  • Churu Farm and Its Development: An Extract (1994).
  • The Discovery of Ndabaningi Sithole.
  • Ndabaningi Sithole Road in Accra, Ghana: A Photo Essay.
  • Our Father: Memories from Sithole's Daughters.
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