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.These pictures will alarm supporters of the independence war stalwart and ZAPU leader, Dumiso Dabengwa.
The former Home Affairs Minister is seen sitting in a wheelchair at Joshua Mqabuko International Airport – his first public sighting since December before he underwent lengthy treatment in South Africa into early this year.
The 79-year-old has liver disease, a family friend told ZimLive. Fatigue, weakness and weight loss are some of the symptoms associated with the condition.
Dabengwa was wheeled to a FastJet plane to Harare on Monday morning while being supported by his wife, Zodwa.A witness said: “He is now an old man of course, but to see him like that was quite sad, especially for a man who did so much for his country. He was surrounded by his family, but I wondered if the government is doing anything to lessen their burden.”
Dabengwa actively supported MDC leader Nelson Chamisa’s campaign in the run-up to elections last July, after ZAPU joined the MDC Alliance.
A former intelligence chief of the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Party (ZIPRA) during the bush war for independence in the 1970s, Dabengwa announced in 2009 that he was leaving Zanu-PF and withdrawing ZAPU from a unifying pact signed in 1987.
Dabengwa was detained at Chikurubi Maximum Prison from 1982 to 1986, accused of plotting an overthrow of the government of former Prime Minister Robert Mugabe. Lookout Masuku, with whom he was detained, died in prison in what is widely considered as one of the worst political injustices in post-independent Zimbabwe. Zimlive