Police stamp out Gukurahundi prayer

BULAWAYO - Police on Saturday swooped on members of the public who had gathered at Stanley Hall to conduct a memorial prayer for the victims of the Gukurahundi atrocities.

This is the third time in a row that police  have suppressed efforts by the pressure group Ibhetshu Likazulu to remember an estimated 20 000 civilians in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces who were butchered by the North Korean-trained fifth Brigade.

The police action came after the pressure group defiantly attempted to go ahead with the event despite Bulawayo West district chief superintendent Mbeko Kunene having warned them against the move.

“Please be advised that this office has noted that the intended Gukurahundi memorial prayer is likely to create public disorder,” said Kunene in the notification dated January 22.

“Therefore, you are prohibited from holding this public gathering in terms of Section 26(1) (C) of the Public Order Security Act Chapter 11:17.

“You are also warned that if you proceed contrary to this notice, you will be charged in terms of the above Act.”

When the Daily News crew arrived at the venue, baton-wielding police officers were milling outside the venue while others camped inside. Ibhetshu Likazulu spokesperson Mbuso Fuzwayo told the Daily News that police officers arrived at the venue earlier than the organisers.

“The police were there as early as 7am and our prayers were supposed to start at 9am,” said Fuzwayo.

“Those who arrived first were immediately driven away and to avoid commotion, I had to phone some not to come. Anywhere, we are not giving up as yet, we are going to take the matter up with the courts as this seems to be the only viable avenue for us.”

Fuzwayo accused President Robert Mugabe’s government of having double standards.“Mugabe recently appointed vice president Phelekezela Mphoko as the man in charge of Peace and Reconciliation,” he said.

“If he (Mugabe) was really sincere, we were not going to see this kind of treatment particularly on the Gukurahundi issue which is the major one in terms of peace and reconciliation.”

 

Comments (14)

Its only a matter of time. Its been 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz death camp. Its been now for ten years now that 27 Jan is commemorated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. You cant commit genocide and just wish it away.

Galore 123 - 26 January 2015

Nesuwo vasinei nemaNdex tavekungomakwawo. Today I had a tough time with these guys.

selele - 26 January 2015

No confession,no reconciliation and no liberation.Without these our country will always be haunted by Gukurahundi.Gukurahundi is the "madness"chapter of our post -independence history. No number of baton wielding black boots can erase this chapter.

Abri - 26 January 2015

pipo my pipo i great u. i don't want to pretend that i noe anything abt Gukurahundi for i don't. all i noe r bits nd pieces that i hear from pipo telling me events that happened bt its all according to the sides to which they are aligned to. can some1 pliz explain wat happened during this era or time.

nyashaldino - 27 January 2015

No amount of brutality, suppression or intimidation will cow down the GUKURAHUNDI disquiet. Murdering 20 000 innocent souls just for political gain was terrible genocide.Somebody should answer for that evil crime against humanity.

MHARADZI - 27 January 2015

Gukurahundi saga is not going to dissipate because police and Bob don't want to hear about it. It will dissipate once there is found a solution and it has to come from this country and even Mphoko the sell out is welcome.

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Dr - 27 January 2015

If we want to progress as one nation and one people we have to leran to forgive and never forget.let bygones be bygones every evil thing has a benefit.we left Ian Smith scot-free but he killed far more than that but we now want to crucify our brothers today.If Enos Nkala,Solomon Mujuru were alive were also targets.Let us be sober and forward looking in whatever we do and not just look back yet we have a lot to push for a better future for a better Zimbabwe

carson Macate - 27 January 2015

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