Vusumuzi Dube, On-line Information Editor
ZANU-PF vice President and Second Secretary Cde Kembo Mohadi yesterday visited his former jail cell on the Khami Most jail on the outskirts of Bulawayo, the place he went down reminiscence lane, noting the merciless method of the colonial authorities.
Cde Mohadi, whose jail quantity was 73/75 was jailed in 1975, after he was convicted of distributing arms within the then Rhodesia and was solely launched in March 1980 on the daybreak of independence. Though the jail books say he was arrested in August 1975, Cde Mohadi revealed that he was really arrested in Might, after which he underwent three months lengthy torture, the place he was moved across the whole area earlier than being finally dropped at Khami. He was sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment.
“I used to be really meant to be hanged however I survived as a result of the one who had offered me out after he had really been caught with the arms in Gweru, was given an entirely suspended sentence of 10 years after he had satisfied the Rhodesian forces that he was defecting to them.
My legal professionals introduced this to the Choose’s consideration, which is how I then obtained the 15 yr sentence as a substitute, because the legal professionals argued that we have been each skilled guerillas and we have been going through the identical crime,” mentioned Cde Mohadi.
The ruling social gathering’s Vice President, who walked across the jail cell, with out a lot steerage, revealed that as a substitute of taking a again seat after his imprisonment, he grew to become very energetic the place along with different guerillas skilled fellow prisoners throughout the jail partitions.
“I bear in mind I used to be in command of intelligence and knowledge within the jail, we really skilled loads of prisoners in guerilla warfare and politics.
There have been pleasant jail guards who we labored with who helped us rather a lot in our actions.
We’d collect at a sure spot within the jail yard the place we dug and hid our materials, we might dig it out each time we wished it. It’s the pleasant jail guards that helped us get data into and out of the jail partitions, I all the time had the knowledge and the intelligence from the excessive command,” he mentioned.
On his arrest, Cde Mohadi revealed that he had been severely tortured however by no means at one level did he leak data.
“I do know each type of Rhodesian torture, throughout the three months which aren’t recorded, I by no means spent two days at any given police submit, they took me to all stations within the metropolis and after they had rounded all of them they moved me to different prisons within the Matabeleland area and all this time they might torture me, wanting data concerning the armed wrestle.
As intelligence officers we have been skilled that if one is captured they need to not say something for at the very least the primary two weeks, to provide these on the bottom time to maneuver and restrategise. They tried each torture trick however I didn’t give in, these have been a few of the sacrifices we went by means of in order to liberate this nation,” he mentioned.
Cde Mohadi mentioned it was necessary for the younger technology to be inculcated into realising such sacrifices that culminated within the nation’s independence.