Texts and consciousness are important, and require analysis in a variety of different modern African historical settings. It is also wise, and critical, to unmask obscurantist rhetoric, and to reevaluate received, politically correct, accounts. Subjecting the nationalist period to that kind of heightened commentary is essential. But re-ordering the past so as to unmask the distortions of despotsand otherabusers of their own truths is also necessary. Fully discovering who killed Herbert Chitepo, and thus who gave rise to the despotic regime of Robert Mugabe, would be an earnest of that endeavor.

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