Similar to Hitler’s tactics of drowning his subordinates in muddy trenches, former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe treated his fellow comrades like dogs as he detained them in holes dug in open places which were closed from the top, former ZANU PF spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo has revealed.

In an interview with the Daily News, Gumbo revealed that at one point, he and his colleagues were thrown into dungeons in Mozambique after they quarrelled with Mugabe over the direction the war of independence was heading. Said Gumbo:

We were treated like dogs. We spent at least three months detained in holes dug in an open place which were closed from the top at about 5 pm, only to be reopened the following morning.

The holes were six metres deep and four metres wide. It was hell on earth and we all thought we were going to die.

At one point the holes were filled with soil and only our heads were left protruding out. But we all survived the ordeal.

Gumbo was incarcerated alongside the likes of the late Henry Hamadziripi, former police commissioner general Augustine Chihuri, former ZBC chief executive Happison Muchechetere and Mukudzei Mudzi.