Adamson Batson Mushala was a Zambian rebel leader who rebelled against the Zambian government of Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda from 1975 to 1982.
LEO Simukoko (middle), as Mushala, with his lieutenants.
Mushala initially belonged to the United National Independence Party, UNIP fighting colonial minority rule. He was sent to China for guerrilla training with a view to coming back to fight the colonial government, but upon his return, Zambia was already independent. He demanded a high post in the UNIP government which Kaunda denied. Out of frustration, he left Zambia together with his followers and went to the then South West Africa (Namibia) under the control of South Africa. He advanced in his guerrilla training and in 1975, after inspiration from Jonas Savimbi of Angola, he came back to Zambia and rebelled against the UNIP government until 1982.
It was believed that Mushala was strongly believed to be surviving through a complexity of witchcraft and supernatural powers. There were some unconfirmed reports in Solwezi that the Government had even hired some witchdoctors locally and abroad, to come and try to capture the gangster but all was in vain
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