Group appeals to Mphoko over Gukurahundi

BULAWAYO - A Bulawayo-based pressure group — Ibhetshu Likazulu (Likazulu) — has appealed to Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko to intervene in their elusive bid to get police clearance to commemorate victims of the Gukurahundi massacre.

This comes after police on Monday once again barred the group from conducting the ceremony meant to remember an estimated 20 000 innocent civilians who perished during the Fifth Brigade-led onslaught.

Likazulu has vowed to conduct the event, set to take place at Stanley Square on Unity Day, despite the police order.

For about five years now, the pressure group has failed to get police clearance to hold events to do with the massacre, with the law enforcement agency giving “flimsy” reasons like the shortage of manpower.

“The office regrets to inform you that your intended venue has already been booked by Ibumba Arts Festival from December 16 to 22,” the police said in a letter to Likazulu, adding that “since your intended venue will be occupied, therefore, for security reasons, the two events cannot be held at the same venue on the same day”.

This is despite the fact that the Likazulu booked the venue and paid for it six months back.

“I booked the venue six months ago, knowing very well that I might get such excuses from police,” the group’s secretary-general, Mbuso Fuzwayo, told the Daily News.

“I checked . . . and I was told the venue is still reserved for us, but surprisingly, on Monday the police told me that the venue is now booked,” said Fuzwayo, who produced a receipt to confirm payment done on July 2.

“I think it’s high time that the minister responsible for National Peace and Reconciliation (Mphoko) intervenes. He should just call these police to order. All we are saying is Unity Day should be celebrated as the end of genocide and as such, we need to heal and reconcile but how is that possible with such behaviour from the police,” Fuzwayo said.

Comments (3)


observer - 14 December 2016

I am Ndebele, and I am hurt. Not because of the refusal to commemorate, but because of the lies and deception regarding the Gukurahundi debattle. The truth must be told. WHAT TRIGGERED THE ARMY DESERTIONS BY THE MULTITUDES OF EX ZIPRA SOLDIERS FROM THE ARMY, AND WHO ENCOURAGED THEM TO TAKE UP ARMS? WHO EQUIPED THEM, AND TRULY DID ALL IN ZAPU/ZIPRA LEADERSHIP KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THIS? DID MUGABE AND HIS ZANU HENCHMEN TRULY NOT KNOW THE TENTION BETWEEN THE TWO ARMIES, AND INDEED THE TWO MAIN TRIBES THAT LED TO THE GROSS MISTRUST THAT GAVE BIRTH TO THE DISSIDENTS AND HENCE THE GUKURAHUNDI MASACRES OF THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS??? Both ZAPU and ZANU leaders have their hands full of the blood of innocent civilians who lost their lives because of their myopic thinking, selfishness and deceit. Its actually pathetic!!!!

MR COOPER - 15 December 2016

The excuse given by VP Mpoko that Gukurahundi was a creation of the West is absolute bull, and he knows it. If indeed he was in the intelligence circles after independence no wonder they were a laughing stock to outsiders. Mpoko should know that Zapu and Zanu were sown ernemies and there was never any trust between them. The Patriotic Front was a fuss and the unity government formed by Mugabe in 1980 was an even bigger fuss, which was meant to woodwink Zapu into lowering their guard and then be systematically eliminated. Just as the 1987 so called Unity Accord was a fuss, this current government set up is also a shameful fuss. WHAT A SHAME!!!!

MR COOPER - 15 December 2016

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