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But, as pointed out earlier, Nkomo's life has no other context than the political life of ZANU, and the personality of Robert Mugabe.
There are brief exceptions to Nkomo's obsession with ZANU, especially in the earlier chapters of the autobiography, where he details his growing up, moving to South Africa and meeting with Mafuyane.
This conventional narrative is political, not in the sense of venerating visible forms of nationalism, but in the sense that it insists on wanting to curve out a political and spiritual space that is not totally patrolled, controlled and patronised by colonialism or by Robert Mugabe and his ZANU political party.
First, it is difficult to understand and believe that parties such as ZANU that are said not to have had "organs and structures" were able to launch the armed struggle just after 1975.
However, these comments aside, one would have expected that if Nkomo's story had detailed challenges within his party, then one could approximate how much political damage and destabilisation ZANU caused ZAPU, and one would also figure out how much of ZAPU's woes during and after the war was of its own making.
The internecine wars within ZANU in the late 1970s were a product of betrayal of comrades, political treachery, authoritarianism of the nationalist leaders and general lack of a cohesive ideology (Samupindi 1992).
Although it may not have always used socialism to mobilize the peasants, ZANU conceived of itself as a socialist organization.
Though ZANU resulted from a split within ZAPU, it went on to become the strongest force among the majority Shona people, who make up 75% of Zimbabwe's population.
Overall, ZANU encompassed a rhetorical commitment to radical socialism while formulating actual policies of reconciliation and gradualism.
It seems that die ruling bloc within ZANU did not consider working-class democracy to be essential to die transition to socialism.
Thus, ZANU had little prior practical experience with socialist forms of organization.
The new ZANU government felt that this was necessary to ensure economic growth and the increased public revenues that would be required by the planned social reforms.