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Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262535021

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262535021.001.0001

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Unleashed: Mhesvi in a Time of War

Unleashed: Mhesvi in a Time of War

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Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

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This chapter discusses the abandonment of “tsetse control operations” as the war of self-liberation intensified, into the fog of war in which the methods designed for mhesvi and other pests are extended to those vatema viewed as varwi verusununguko (freedom fighters) and those designated magandanga (terrorists). This does not mean all vatema and all vachena shared the same perspective or that all freedom fighters behaved consistently with that description but the majority did. This lumping together of “problem animals” and “problem people” into “vermin beings” justified the extension and slippage of instruments and methods from zvipukanana to the dehumanized munhu, whose elimination constituted a form of pest control.

Keywords:   tsetse fly, pest control, mhesvi, self-liberation, vatema

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