Due for Publication: February 2020
About the book
General Solomon Mujuru (or Rex Nhongo) was an illustrious African liberation fighter in the 1970s. Until his mysterious sudden death in 2011, he was an important figure in Robert Mugabe’s ruling ZANU PF party in Zimbabwe. Through Mujuru’s life history, this book throws much needed light on the opaque elite politics of the 1970s liberation struggle, the post-independence army and ZANU PF. This first full-length biography of Mujuru examines his moments of triumph, as well as his shortcomings - in equal measure. From his undistinguished youth, and poor upbringing in colonial Rhodesia’s Chikomba rural area, through his rapid rise and notable feats in a transnational liberation struggle, his role as the first black commander of independent Zimbabwe’s national army, to his contentious political career and private life. Whatever your views are on African liberation politics, Zimbabwe’s post-independence army, ruling party politics and Mujuru’s controversial death by fire, this essential record of a prodigious life will irrevocably change them.
About the author
Blessing-Miles Tendi is an Associate Professor in African Politics in the University of Oxford. Tendi is the author of Making History in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe: Politics, Intellectuals and the Media (2010). He has published journal articles on civil-military relations, intelligence, gender and politics, and the existence and uses of ‘evil’ in politics.
'This is the book everyone interested in Zimbabwean political history has been waiting for. Its biographical lens provides unique new insight into the ruling party and military. Moving from Mugabe's rise to power in Mozambique, through the ceasefire, army integration and persecution of ZIPRA cadres in the early 1980s, to the bitter succession struggle of the 2000s, it reveals the workings of the deep state against Mugabe's adversaries.' JoAnn McGregor, University of Sussex