Articles tagged 'gukurahundi'

'Mphoko unfit for national healing' 17 June 2015 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 controve...
Mphoko an empty head — Sibanda 26 May 2015 HARARE - Ousted former war veterans' leader Jabulani Sibanda has savaged Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko as a “clueless and confused opportunist” who is lying about Gukurahundi and who allegedly deserted Zapu during the liberation struggle to enjoy an easier life in Mozambique. Responding to...
Mphoko must shut up on Gukurahundi 26 May 2015 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 hist...
MDC condemns Mphoko's remarks on Gukurahundi 17 May 2015 EDITOR — The MDC has been totally taken aback by the crude and bizarre remarks that were made by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko in Masvingo last Thursday regarding the Gukurahundi genocide. What we find totally appalling is the fact that this is the second time in as many months that Mphoko...
Pressure group goes to court over Gukurahundi 17 February 2015 BULAWAYO - Local pressure group, Ibhetshu Likazulu, has filed an urgent chamber application in the Bulawayo High Court contesting a recent police decision to bar them from commemorating the Gukurahundi massacres which saw thousands of innocent civilians losing their lives at the hands of the army...
What is Mphoko smoking? 17 February 2015 HARARE - Gukurahundi was a sad chapter in our country's young history and the sooner that our leadership admits it, the better for national healing and progress, but sadly we have a whole Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko choosing to bury his head in the sand and insult victims of the deadly purg...
Mphoko savaged over Gukurahundi 16 February 2015 HARARE - Zimbabweans have savaged Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko for his latest controversial comments regarding the Gukurahundi massacres of innocent civilians, mostly in Matabeleland and the Midlands in the early 1980s. In an interview published by lickspittle State media yesterday, Mphok...
Aggrieved Mphoko disowns Gukurahundi 26 January 2015 BULAWAYO - Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has denied persistent charges by his critics that he participated in the massacre of an estimated 20 000 innocent civilians in the early 1980s, mainly in Matabeleland and the Midlands, during the infamous Gukurahundi offensive in the region by the army...
Police stamp out Gukurahundi prayer 26 January 2015 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 a...
Tsvangirai blasts Mnangagwa 9 January 2015 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday tore into acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa, describing his appointment as VP and that of Phelekezela Mphoko as a “façade reform” which is incapable of saving the country from the prevailing political and economic turmoil. “There have be...
Fresh row over 1980s killings 4 January 2015 HARARE - State media columnist Nathaniel Manheru — widely understood to be President Robert Mugabe's spokesperson George Charamba — has ignited a fresh storm over Gukurahundi, claiming controversially that some politicians were using the massacres of the early 1980s in a desperate quest to seek p...
Gukurahundi haunts Mugabe's Zanu PF 28 December 2014 HARARE - The Gukurahundi mass murders of the early 1980s in Matabeleland and the Midlands continue to haunt President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF, with human rights activists and leading political figures raising fresh questions yesterday about whether the killings will ever be properly investigate...
VPs open Gukurahundi wounds 28 December 2014 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s appointment of vice presidents, Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko has sent shivers down the spines of most people in Zimbabwe especially those from the Midlands and Matabeleland regions who witnessed their loved ones being brutally slaughtered by the rut...
Mphoko must explain Gukurahundi role 21 December 2014 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...
Mphoko under fire over utterances 21 December 2014 HARARE - Some angry Zimbabweans have called on newly-appointed Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko to either resign from his post or apologise profusely and unreservedly for his “thoughtless” views on the 1980s Gukurahundi massacres. This was after controversial utterances were attributed to Mph...
Don't ban commemorative prayers 5 March 2014 HARARE - There is something inexplicable that drives wholesome fear in the heart of government authorities about allowing the public to momentarily re-live a period in our recent history when thousands of innocent civilians died during an acknowledged “moment of madness”. Thrice on the trot, p...
Police block another Gukurahundi memorial 4 March 2014 BULAWAYO - Police in Bulawayo once again blocked a local pressure group from holding a prayer session for the fallen Gukurahundi victims over the weekend at an event that had been pencilled for Stanley Square in Makokoba. This was the third time police stopped Ibhetshu Likazulu from holding th...
Ruling reserved in Gukurahundi insult case 16 January 2014 HARARE - The Attorney General conceded that facts forming criminal charges against Bulawayo-based artist Owen Maseko, accused of insulting President Robert Mugabe, do not constitute an offence, as the Constitutional Court reserved ruling in the matter yesterday. Maseko approached the Constitut...
Gukurahundi memorial on cards 15 January 2014 BULAWAYO - A memorial event in honour of the victims of the Gukurahundi atrocities is scheduled to take place this Saturday in the city, as activists continue to ramp up the tempo on the subject that has almost been viewed as taboo by the Zanu PF government. The event, slated for the Baptist C...
Gukurahundi back in the spotlight 20 December 2013 BULAWAYO - Gukurahundi atrocities that befell Zimbabwe African People’s Union (Zapu) supporters in the early years of independence have been revisited by a new book titled Guveya. The book by the 26-year-old Crispen Ndlovu is the latest attempt to tackle the emotive post-independence political...
Con-Court summons minister Mnangagwa 31 October 2013 HARARE - Constitutional Court judges have summoned Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa to justify the constitutionality of prosecuting a Bulawayo-based artist charged under the old constitution for publishing falsehoods. The court summoned Mnangagwa in a case in which Bulawayo-based visual art...
Reparations for atrocities laudable 23 May 2013 HARARE - The MDC announced at the weekend that it will pay reparations for victims of Gukurahundi, Murambatsvina and other episodes of violence if it assumes power. It is a noble proposition to compensate victims of widespread and systematic crimes. Genocide, crimes against humanity and war crime...
'Gukurahundi victim suffers brain damage' 11 February 2013 BULAWAYO - Charles Thomas, a 45-year-old Gukurahundi victim who suffered head injuries during the 90s massacre should undergo a brain scan, a government doctor has ordered. Thomas, a member of Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) who is facing treason charges together with Paul Siwela and John Gazi f...
Police ban Gukurahundi commemorations 28 January 2013 BULAWAYO - Police in Bulawayo have banned commemorations on Gukurahundi massacres on the feeble excuse that the meeting would cause disharmony and division. The emotional commemorations were supposed to take place on Saturday afternoon at the Presbyterian Church in the city. Organisers of the eve...