Today is the 36th anniversary of the death of former Zipra commander Lt Gen Lookout Masuku, also a former deputy commander of the Zimbabwe National Army.

Masuku was arrested together with former Zipra intelligence supremo Dumiso Dabegwa in 1982 on allegations of planning a coup.

Masuku – a fearless commander and military strategist -Dabengwa and other Zipra cadres were found not guilty by the Supreme Court in 1983, but former president Robert Mugabe’s regime detained them under emergence regulations in inhumane conditions.

They were tortured in custody.

Masuku was released from custody in March 1986 due to ill-health. He died at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare a month later, on 5 April 1986.

He was buried at Lady Stanley Cemetery in Bulawayo on 12 April 1986 in front of thousands of people. -Newshawks