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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
Forthcoming March 2023/250 pages
Voices of Liberation
Distributed for HSRC Press


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.
  • 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 (1976).
  • Mugabe's False Claim: Memo to President Samora Machel (1976).
  • March 3 Agreement: Interview (1978).
  • Zimbabwe's Year of Independence.
  • Voice of America Transcript: Sithole On His Writing Career (1975).
  • Obed Mutezo (First Chapter).
  • o Fish Where Everybody Fishes (Ingwane).
  • On the Precipice's Edge (Roots of a Revolution).
  • Sons and Daughters of the Soil (1977).
  • Two Poems: The Enemy Are Paper Tigers (Poem); ZANLA (Poem).
  • Letter to Herbert Chitepo (1970).
  • Letter to Nelson Mandela (1986).
  • Letter to Tobaiwa Mudede, Registra, Zimbabwe (1996).
  • Letter to Joshua Nkomo (1997).
  • Extract: ZANU vs ZANU PF Copyright Infringement Lawsuit (1987).
  • Warned and Cautioned Statement, Charges for Attempting to Assassinate Mugabe (1995).
  • Banana Must Be Tried (n.d.).
  • The New Social Order for Zimbabwe (n.d.).
  • Churu Farm: A Chronicle of Despair (1994).
  • The Discovery of Ndabaningi Sithole.
  • Ndabaningi Sithole Road in Accra, Ghana.
  • Our Father, Memories from Daughters.
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