n Latin American Report - Understanding pungwes : night vigils in Zimbabwe's war of liberation
|Article Title||Understanding pungwes : night vigils in Zimbabwe's war of liberation|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Journal||Latin American Report|
|Affiliations||1 Africa Institute for Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Tolerance Studies, Zimbabwe|
|Publication Date||Jan 2013|
|Pages||69 - 78|
|Keyword(s)||Masses, Pungwe, ZANLA, ZANU and Zimbabwe's war of liberation|
This article explores how the pungwe (the Shona word for sunrise but translated as night vigil) became so popular during Zimbabwe's war of liberation as a strategy to dislodge the colonial system that had taken root in Zimbabwe. The pungwe strategy was used mainly by the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army (ZANLA), the military wing of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), during the war of liberationThe article demonstrates that the pungwe concept was a socialisation process that cuts across African cultures and African times. Pungwes provided multi-faced spaces that allowed the ZANU/ZANLA protagonists in the war of liberation to create a fighting community that included the ordinary masses.
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