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Zimbabwe Guerrilla Commander Dead

April 06, 1986|From Reuters

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Former military commander Lookout Masuku, who was released from four years of detention last month, died Saturday at the age of 46, a hospital spokesman here said.

Masuku was commander of the guerrilla forces of opposition leader Joshua Nkomo before independence in 1980. He was arrested in 1982, along with Nkomo's military intelligence chief, Dumiso Dabengwa, on charges of plotting a coup against Prime Minister Robert Mugabe's government.

He and Dabengwa, who is still being held, were tried the following year and acquitted on treason charges. They were immediately rearrested.

A spokesman for Parirenyatwa Hospital here, where Masuku was admitted Feb. 9, said he suffered from cryptococcal meningitis, an inflammation of membranes covering the brain.

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