|Native name||Lookout Masuku|
|Born||Lookout Khalisabantu Vumindaba Masuku|
April 7, 1940
|Died||April 5, 1986 (aged 45)|
Parirenyatwa Hospital, Harare
|Cause of death||Cryptococcal meningitis|
|Resting place||Reburied at National Heroes Acre, Harare|
|Occupation||Politician, Military Leader|
|Years active||1960s to 26 December 1979|
|Era||Second Chimurenga, Rhodesian Era|
|Employer||Zimbabwe African People's Union,|
|Organization||Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army|
|Known for||Leading the Army|
|Notable work||Leading the ZIPRA Forces|
|Home town||[[ ]]|
|Opponent(s)||Rhodesian Front Party|
Lookout Khalisabantu Vumindaba Masuku was a former guerrilla leader and Deputy Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army. To his confederates he was also called Mafela
Lookout Masuku was born on the 7th of April 1940. He married Gift Masuku and together they had two children Thokozile and Zakhelini.
During the Second Chimurenga Masuku was the commander of the Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army, the military wing of ZAPU. He became commander after the death of Alfred Nikitha Mangena in 1978. Masuku was commander from 1978 up to Independence in 1980. After independence, Masuku served as the Deputy Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army and held the rank of Lieutenant General. He held this post until his arrest in 1982.
Arrest and Detention
In 1982 Lookout Masuku together with Dumiso Dabengwa the Zipra Intelligence chief were arrested for allegedly planning a coup d'état against then-Prime Minister Robert Mugabe. They were detained until 1983. In 1983 the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe found Masuku and Dumiso Debengwa not guilty of the charges. However, the police refused to release them and invoked emergency regulations, holding the for four years. On the 11th of March 1986, the government released Lookout Masuku and Vote Muza, a ZAPU official due to poor health.
Masuku died on Saturday the 5th of April 1986 at 2 pm, at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare from Cryptococcal Menengitis. However, SW Radio Africa expressed doubt over the official cause of death. They described it as "suspicious." The government denied Masuku the status of "National Hero."
Lt General Lookout Masuku was buried at Lady Stanley Cemetery in Bulawayo on Saturday 12th April 1986. Ten of thousands of people came to pay their last respects. Joshua Nkomo was the main speaker at the funeral and he gave one of the greatest speeches of his life. You can read the speech [here].
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