Mphoko must explain Gukurahundi role

HARARE - Vice president Phelekezela Mphoko must explain to the nation his insinuations that President Robert Mugabe’s government was not responsible for the Gukurahundi massacres in the 1980s.

The majority of Zimbabweans believe that Gukurahundi was perpetrated by the North Korean-trained Five Brigade at the instigation of then prime minister Mugabe to decimate Zipra cadres.

Rights groups say as many as 20 000 civilians were killed when Mugabe deployed the army unit to track down “dissidents” who were said to have murdered 120 people, mutilated 25, raped 47 and committed 284 robberies in the Matabeleland and Midlands regions.

Now Mphoko is alleged to have said that the army unit, specially trained for the job by the reclusive North Korean regime, played no role — blaming it on then apartheid government of South Africa and Western countries.

This has left many citizens convinced that the newly-appointed VP could have been complicit in committing the atrocities that Mugabe himself described as “a moment of madness”.

Given that Mphoko claims to have been a Gukurahundi victim himself, supposedly as a former Zipra commander, it is only proper for him to openly take a stand to name and shame the perpetrators.

What makes it imperative for Mphoko to publicly tell the nation the truth is the fact that the thorny issue in the country’s body politic has not been fully explored and justice has not been done.

Attempts at that, ended with Mugabe setting up the Chihambakwe Commission to investigate alleged army atrocities but its report was never published. It remains unclear whether its recommendations — still unknown to victims and ordinary Zimbabweans — were ever acted upon.

Anger festers in the Matabeleland and Midlands areas over the atrocities and political analysts warn that the emotive subject could threaten stability in the country once its strongman leader is out of the picture.

It therefore comes as no surprise in the light of this that Zimbabweans are calling for Mphoko’s resignation if indeed he believes that the idea of genocide in Matabeleland and parts of Midlands is a foreign importation that has no local roots.

Having recently been appointed Mugabe’s number two, it is prudent for Mphoko who is said to have been a member of the state security agents to dissociate himself from the massacres by pointing out who was responsible for the heinous acts.

Comments (6)

I have never doubted the involvement of the British and American CIA in Gukurahundi given their palpable silence at the time, infact till this day. It was expected though from the South Africans as the ANC was closely linked to Zapu, and the apartheid guys simply played Zanu against Zapu in Zim, Renamo against Frelimo in Mozambique, and Unita against MPLA in Angola. Divide and rule works perfectly in Africa

Nduna - 24 December 2014

the british used Mugabe to kill the opposition becoz they believed zapu was soviet the british were working for themselves and ofcourse their masters USA , but it was a zim brigade that did the killings , so please explain CDE Vice

Harare - 27 December 2014

with all due respect Daily News what are u trying to achieve by taking us back memory lanes of the dark past? instead of building you are destroying. pliz lets work together ,lets unite and stop pointing fingers

gamatox - 27 December 2014

Zimbabweans should remember that the Gamatox Faction in Zanu PF, was overthrown by the Weevil Faction on mere allegations in their succession Wars. In the like manner, Gamatox above and the newly appointed second VP (Mphoko), would want Zimbabweans to believe that the Gukurahundi massacres were the works (conspiracy), of apartheid South Africa and its partners in the West, without offering a proof. Here lies their trick in silencing the Gukurahundi massacre debate, also, the memory lane for Gamatox.

Yepec - 29 December 2014

Mr Mphoko is not wrong on the part played by Western imperialism and the Apartheid South African government in Gukurahundi. There is considerable evidence (see Tony Scarnecchia 'Rationalizing Gukurahndi' available online and Zimbabwe Communist League publication 'Gukurahundi: an atrocity committed by the Mugabe government on behalf of Apartheid South Africa and Britain available from Emmerson Mnangagwa, working with CIO head and MI.6 mole Ken Flower started Gukurahundi after an agreement with Apartheid South Africa to block MK guerillas from using Zimbabwe as a rear base. The former head of ZPRA intelligence, Comrade Dumiso Dabengwa is absolutely clear on this point. ZANU(PF), then was working as an agent for imperialist interests. Why does Mphoko talk about this now? because the Mugabe faction is trying to isolate Mnangagwa and distance Mugabe from the atrocities with the claim that he was given wrong information by the CIO through Flower and Mnangagwa -- a British agent. apart from training the 5th brgade, North Korea had nothing to do with Gukurahundi -- but they naively put themselves into a position to be finger-pointed by the US, UK and simple-minded Zimbabweans.

Ian Beddowes - 30 December 2014

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