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A must-have copy that untangles the “myth” behind the special operation

The book about how fuel tanks in the heart of the capital city of Zimbabwe then Rhodesia were bombed by guerillas fighting to liberate their country is finally out. The book “The Day Salisbury Fuel Tanks Were Set Ablaze, 11 December 1978” was released on March 29, 2023 by Amazon the world’s largest online retailer and will be available in major book outlets worldwide.

In a widely circulated statement, the authors said the book should end speculation and debate about who conducted the special operation and how it was orchestrated.

“Written for audiences ranging from students to people with an interest in the processes that brought independence to Zimbabwe to participants of the liberation war, the book establishes that Zanu and ZANLA were responsible for the planning and execution of the bombing of the Salisbury Fuel Tanks. “The facts in this narrative are based on numerous interviews with the ZANLA team that carried out the attacks, as well as corroboration by eye witnesses and professionals from that era who ascribed the responsibility to ZANLA,” reads the statement.

From the time Zimbabwe attained independence people had been waiting for a detailed account of the special operation in which the fuel tanks were set alight.

The statement states that the book recounts the story of eight young ZANLA freedom fighters who shocked the government of Ian Douglas Smith by launching a daring attack on the nation’s fuel depot in the heart of Salisbury, Rhodesia, setting off a chain of events that forced the Rhodesian government to reconsider its position on the Patriotic Front’s demand for majority rule through a truly democratic process.

“The book explores Rhodesia’s Hot Pursuit Strategy, where, while former Prime Minister Ian Smith refused to concede to the call for one-person-one-vote at the talks in Geneva, the Rhodesian Security Forces attempted to weaken the liberation movement by pursuing ZANLA and ZIPRA fighters and launching cross-border raids on refugee and training camps in Mozambique and Zambia.

“ As a response, Zanla also weakened the Rhodesian war machine by bombing the country’s biggest fuel reservoir, an act which presented immediate effects by cutting down the occurrence and effectiveness of coordinated raids and forcing the regime to adopt a more reasonable approach to the ceasefire negotiations brokered by world powers.

The attack on the fuel tanks had such an impact that the Prime Minister Smith issued a statement describing the blaze as “a great disaster and one of our biggest setbacks since the war started”

The fire raged out of control and was only contained when a fire engine from Johannesburg, South Africa was flown in to help spray imported protein foam.

April 2015 a feature story by Christopher Charamba published in the Herald newspaper gave snippets of the events through interviews with some eye witnesses.

Mbuya Cecilia Joram said she remembered seeing people fleeing as far as they could. “The fire was massive. There is nothing like it. We did not know what to do and so we thought we should move away in case we were going to be victims.”

No more guessing about events of the historic attack. The book is out.

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Winky D is a superstar! Treating him like an outcast is madness … – New

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NORTON Member of Parliament, Temba Mliswa has red-flagged the selective treatment of artists based on society’s warped interpretations of their musical productions.

The independent legislator drew comparison between Winky D’s latest album Eureka Eureka, which elicited criticism from Zanu PF aligned activists calling for its ban and Jah Prayzah’s new album Chiremerera.

Both albums carry songs laced with heavy political undertones, although Jah Prayzah has been spared attacks for his equally controversial art.

Commenting on Twitter, Mliswa appreciated both artists for their distinctly unique musical talent.

“After the furore over Winky D’s Eureka album & specifically the powerful Ibotso there is nothing more ironic & revealing than Jah Prayzah coming in with Chiremerera & no one raises any issues. The political undertones in there are naked like nothing on Ibotso!

“I give it to JP that he mentions no names & anyone can use the song but that’s the whole point of arts,” said Mliswa.

“You don’t have to spell it out! I can use the song just as ED or Chamisa or even anyone else. However in our context, moreso after Ibotso, it’s clear the field ain’t even!

“The wide application for Chiremerera shows how artists should be left to do their thing without being victimised by limited interpretations as has been happening with Winky D.

“You can’t pocket an artist and reduce them to a limited field of meaning for their work! Winky D should be celebrated as he has shown skill in transitioning into positive and meaningful discourses since the days of Igofigo.

“Today he is a socially relevant artist resonating with society and not merely churning rhyming bars with no substance or intellectual spine.”


Mliswa advised government to enlist the ‘Gaffa’, to fight widespread drug and substance abuse among youths.

“In an age of drug abuse he is the essential and ultimate artist Govt should harness to drive the messaging as he is followed by more young people.

“Him winning international awards while back here we treat him as an outcast is sheer madness and incompetence.

“Personally I don’t know Winky D & have never met him but one can recognise his greatness. The guy has been in the field nearly 20 years!

“I will definitely bring him to Norton where people are more independent minded. They will enjoy and appreciate his greatness more! #Ibotso”

Commenting on Mliswa’s thread, one netizen Macmillan wrote, “Ibotso is the real State of The Nation for 2023. The President should just bring Winky D to sing it in Parliament and bop along. Finish en klaar!”

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