The Sikombela Declaration was a communique issued by the ZANU Central Committee in 1965. The Central Committee members were detained at Sikombela Detention Centre near Que Que (present day Kwekwe.) after they were arrested as a result of the banning of the ZANU by the Rhodesian government. The declaration gave exiled ZANU leadership in Zambia and elsewhere the power to organise and direct the armed struggle.
Using the powers given to them by the ‘Sikombela Declaration’ the exiled leadership constituted itself into a ‘Revolutionary Council’ under the Chairmanship of Herbert Chitepo. The Council was initially composed of seventeen people, five of whom had direct military responsibilities. A formal military organ emerged in 1966, the Military Planning Committee, headed by the Secretary of Public Affairs, Noel Mukono, and an assistant, Josiah Tongogara, who controlled a secretariat of three departments: Reconnaissance, Clayton Chigowe, Camps, William Ndangana, and Logistics and Supplies B. Mutuma.
- Gerald Mazarire, Discipline and punishment in ZANLA: 1964-1979, Journal of Southern African Studies, September 2011