Mphoko must shut up on Gukurahundi

HARARE - Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko’s attempt to exonerate the current ruling regime of the Gukurahundi genocide is a classical act of engaging in hopeless propaganda.

It is in fact a tragic effort to absolve the perpetrator, blame the victims, and erase the ethical meaning of this history. Mphoko is attempting to serve the agenda of historical and moral obfuscation when he seeks to absolve the Zanu PF government and its leadership of this dark chapter. It is clearly in the interest of the Zimbabwean people to acknowledge the responsibility of this government for the genocide of the Zimbabwean people, just as the German government and people have done in the case of the Holocaust. Like the Nazis, the 5th Brigade brutally murdered thousands of people in the Midlands and Matabeleland.

The campaign of systematic killing and ethnic cleansing of the Matabele minority population was a crime against humanity. Over 20 000 were killed in the massacres according to rights groups. Soldiers wielding machetes cut off innocent civilians’ lips, noses, ears, tongues and privates parts while dozens were buried alive.

Those who survived the killings are still haunted by the brutality spearheaded by Zanu PF to frustrate liberation war icon Joshua Nkomo and his Zapu party under the guise of hunting down dissidents who were believed to be only 150. Mphoko knows this.

Although there is disagreement among scholars about the exact number of people killed, there is essentially no dispute that there was genocide. It was premeditated and intentional, not just an unfortunate massacre that was a conspiracy by Western countries as Mphoko would have us believe.

We must underscore that the Catholic Commission of Justice and Peace (CCJP) and the Legal Resources Foundation (LRF) documented how the ruling regime began a systematic genocide of its Ndebele citizens that backed Nkomo. The CCJP and LRF noted that more than 20 000 were exterminated through direct killing, starvation, torture, and forced death marches. The rest of the population fled into permanent exile.

Gukurahundi was the Shona name which the Mugabe regime used to describe the massacres in Matabeleland and the Midlands in Zimbabwe between 1982 and 1987. It means the early rain which washes away the chaff before the spring rains.

It describes the onslaught by the 5th Brigade, a North Korea-trained military unit, against a civilian population. It is abundantly documented by thousands of official records, by witness accounts of missionaries and diplomats, by the testimony of survivors, and by decades of historical scholarship.

While there may be differing interpretations of the massacres — how and why the Gukurahundi happened, but to deny its factual and moral reality as having been directed by the Zanu PF leadership — Mphoko is engaging in very, very sad obfuscation. But he will be judged harshly one day.

Comments (2)

The VP is correct. This whole gukurahundi issue is a well calculated issue to cause problems in zimbabwe. When one of the jailed sabotuiers Phillip Conjwayo was released from jail in Zimbabwe, He made sensational claims published in the Zimbabwean. He said most of the atrocities where infact perpetrated by Super Zapu, a creation of Apaertheid South Africa. Check the facts. Even this figure of 20000 killed is a BIG lie

Mafirakureva - 27 May 2015

Aaah well,to hear those who never suffered the blood curdling horrors of that 'moment of madness' talk of conspiracy theories is joy to the ears of the stark raving mad...

mascara - 27 May 2015

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