Zezuru

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Ze·zu·ru

 (zĕ-zo͞o′ro͞o)
n. pl. Zezuru or Ze·zu·rus
1. A member of a Bantu people inhabiting northern Zimbabwe.
2. The dialect of Shona spoken by the Zezuru.

[Shona -zezuru as in Shona Chizezuru, Zezuru Shona dialect.]
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It has and is still working tirelessly to convince the various ethnic groups in the country to believe that the history of Zimbabwe is synonymous with that of the Zezurus and that the first war of liberation for the country was the prerogative of the Zezurus.
In Harare, the capital city of the country, buildings with key government functions have been named after the aforesaid Zezuru mythical and legendary figures as a constant reminder to the nation that the Zezuru ethnic group emblems the history of the country and that the heroes of the first war of liberation were Zezurus.
He was accorded this provincial hero status presumably for endeavouring to promote cultural nationalism and for propping up the image of the ruling ZANU-PF party and the Zezurus in his literary works.
He published various papers on his Mbire clan from whom the Zezurus descent.
This could have been the sort of vision that Mutsvairo had when he wrote his novels but then their settings, plots and protagonists seem to suggest that the history of Zimbabwe is the history of the Zezurus of which he is one.
On reading his novels one gets the impression that heroes of the first Chimurenga were all from Mazoe and Zezurus.
Nehanda's involvement is minimal, only as a consultant for the Zezurus on rare occasions in different parts of the country.
The Chaminuka, Nehanda and Mapondera hero-myths are therefore creations by the Zezurus to cow other Zimbabwean ethnic groups into submission.
However, his major weakness is that he equates the history of Zimbabwean people with that of the Zezurus.
However his fiction has weaknesses that falsify Zimbabwean history to the extent of equating it with the history of the Zezurus.
Mutsvairo's fiction has been written from the Zezuru perspective to further cement the ruling ZANU-PF party's hold onto power in the country.
In his first novel, Feso (1957), he has a poem dedicated to a Zezuru mythical figure, Nehanda and this poem was recited by politician during the struggle for liberation.