'Mphoko unfit for national healing'

HARARE - Former National Healing minister Moses Mzila-Ndlovu says Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko is unfit to lead the country’s national healing process as seen in his alleged failure to come to grips with “his own Gukurahundi-era culpability”.

Mzila-Ndlovu said Mphoko’s recent and controversial utterances on the massacres of an estimated 20 000 innocent people by the army in the early 1980s, mainly in Matabeleland and the Midlands, proved that he should not assume responsibility for reconciliation in the country.

Mzila-Ndlovu spoke in the wake of Mphoko telling the National Assembly last week that he would table a law in Parliament soon to promote national healing.

“He is unfit to be there because he is a member of the party that committed one of the worst human rights violations in Zimbabwe during the 1980s. For all what we have gathered, he was part of the system during Gukurahundi.

“So there is no way a perpetrator of Gukurahundi would want to see justice. How then do we talk about healing and reconciliation when the perpetrators are actually leading a pseudo healing process?

“All those who were responsible for the mass murders should be arrested,” Mzila-Ndlovu fumed.

He said Zanu PF was exhibiting “an insensitive and arrogant approach” to Gukurahundi “because the party knows that it is ruling and nothing can happen for now”.

“But that doesn’t mean we have been healed or we have forgotten about the genocide. The wounds inflicted by (Rhodesian leader) Ian Smith have never been swept under the carpet so much so that Zanu PF every time, be it Heroes’ holiday or any other national holiday, they revise that memory and we have nothing against that.

But the problem we have is the hand-picking of issues which we should talk about and forget,” Mzila-Ndlovu said.

He said perpetrators of Gukurahundi should face international criminal law.

“It was interesting to see Sudanese president fleeing from South Africa. That is the treatment that should be given to all genocide proponents. Those who led the Gukurahundi massacres should be arrested and face the music,” he said.

Comments (14)

mpoko munhu kwaye yet you people scandalize him. sometimes mazimbo just criticize unnecessarily. who is fit?

tula - 17 June 2015

from the Christian point of regarding gukurahundi we should forget about the past and rebuilt ZIMBABWE economically and socially for the benefit of all.

markos - 17 June 2015

from the Christian point of regarding gukurahundi we should forget about the past and rebuilt ZIMBABWE economically and socially for the benefit of all.

markos - 17 June 2015

So if you are christian you must forget about the devil that killed your family for nothing . That is half mad . If those who created gukurahundi are not arrested this issue will never go away like it or not . If you have no relatives killed by gukurahundi and you never experienced gukurahundi barbarism its better to zip your foul month .

Diibulaanyika - 17 June 2015

Markos: Don't attach your Christian view to the gukurahundi issue. Such views as yours are sweet music in Mugabe, mnangagwa, shiri and others' ears. Gukurahundi was pure calculated genocide. As such, the above named criminals will need to face trial at some point, even after they are dead and gone. No sound economy can be built with the gukurahundi issue unsolved and the perpetrators openly apologise and tried.

Jackson - 17 June 2015

i think most christians who say we should forget about the this dark side of our zim history are saying so from the blind side. i dont know if many of them were/are affected or are talking from their comfortable homes in harare. do they real know what happened to the people in mat and midlands. if Christ was walking the street of zim today he would have asked these christians to leave His company. by the way we are forgiven when we accept our wrongs and most of the people who did this are saying we did nothing. they are unrepented like ian smith himself who saw nothing wrong with race segregation. some people are still suffering and voting out of fear up to this day. ask that grandma in tsholotsho. she runs to the polling station because of fear and what she saw happen to his people for not agreeing with zanu. she knows that zanu kills. zanu should assure people in this region by saying i we are sorry like what paul did after he met the lord Jesus after killing a good number of christians. we christians lets help zanu to repent of this than to say it should be swept under the carpet. remember some people are bitter and need a lot of healing and that can be done by people repenting. we dont want to accept zanu through fear and the little donation they bring to us but by repenting. for me they smile for my vote while holding a knife at the back. their actions were evil and they need to repent. or may i say we need to repent for our land to be healed

see - 17 June 2015

Its good to know that pretty soon the Gukurahundi atrocities will be registered as a GENOCIDE by the UN, and all those associated with it will have warrants of arrest issued against them and Interpol will be after them where ever they are. They should stop fooling themselves. The chickens are soon coming home to roost. Just watch and see!!!!!

SHIBOBO - 17 June 2015

Its good to know that pretty soon the Gukurahundi atrocities will be registered as a GENOCIDE by the UN, and all those associated with it will have warrants of arrest issued against them and Interpol will be after them where ever they are. They should stop fooling themselves. The chickens are soon coming home to roost. Just watch and see!!!!!

SHIBOBO - 17 June 2015

The whole lot of them are unfit for national healing they all have blood on their hands

Q - 17 June 2015

I think these people who always bring up the Gukurahundi issue are the most tribalistic, untruthful, evil and selfish people in our society. Some of us who were in Bulawayo that period know that the army was not just brought to midlands and Bulawayo to kill people, There were dissidents like Gayiguso who terrorised and killed people of other tribes, bombing bridges and government properties. Did they want the government to fold its arms and just watch while they carried their evil deeds. The real issue here is that the Ndebele pride of terrorising Shonas in the 20th century was reversed because this was moreless a war between tribalistic Ndebeles and a government dominated by shonas. So if you cant forgive where then do we start with the genocide issue. Shall we start with Mzilikazi, Lobengula, Gayiguso.

fortune - 18 June 2015

To a certain extent i agree with you fortune,talking about our past and trying to bring those we think are guilty exposed doesnt bring our loved ones lost during that time.talking about the brutal system of colonialism doesnt bring a million people who died during the liberation struggle just as the 20 thousand Gukurahundi victims.we need to let bygones be bygones as one people one nation as we are.lets now learn from our mistakes and look forward for a better Zim than torturing ourselves with dark pages of our history.We should be busy building bridges than harbouring grudges that wouldnt take us anywhere ,anyhow

carson macate - 18 June 2015

Mphoko is a true leader so constructive forward looking uniting all Zimbabweans.

lovemore - 19 June 2015

Truth and reconciliation heal bitterness. The famous Nyati sellout did so out of bitterness after having been ill treated by fellow commanders not becoz he supported the settler regime. Hence anger and bitterness must be cured to avoid similar catastrophes. I am shona but still hurts inside for my ndebele brothers and sisters

El-Dodo - 19 June 2015

Who started this war?

machakachaka - 19 June 2015

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