Zimbabwe: President Mugabe threatens 'Gukurahundi'

Matabeleland citizens have once again woken to another harsh reminder of the 1982 – 1986 Genocide after President Robert Mugabe was quoted in the media for having threatened war veterans with another ‘gukurahundi’ after sections of the war veterans leadership publicly pushed for Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa to succeed the octogenarian leader.

President Mugabe is quoted having told his party’s Central Committee Meeting that “Dissident activities cannot be allowed to continue when they were ended in December 1987 when Cde Joshua Nkomo and I put our hearts together and said never shall this happen again.

“Dissidents tried it and you know what happened,” the President said, raising the spectre of the Gukurahundi massacres, when a crack army unit was deployed to Matabeleland and Midlands to ostensibly crush insurgents, but was accused of gross human rights abuses and genocide.

“Those dissidents were war veterans too. No, war veterans, that is not your function. It’s not your business to choose who should succeed and who should not, worse doing so under the pretext that there would be bloodshed if your preferred person doesn’t succeed. You want to shed blood? That is dissident behaviour and we will not allow it. Steps are going to be taken.”

About 20 000 civilians were killed in the Matabeleland and Midlands regions in the 1980s following the deployment of the North Korea-trained Fifth Brigade allegedly to “thwart a dissident movement” in a genocide now commonly referred to as Gukurahundi.

To the people of Matabeleland such statements by the longest serving leader in Southern Africa, is an indication that he deliberately presided over the Gukurahundi genocide and he is not remorseful of having presided over 20 000 civilian Ndebeles. This is further accentuated by President Mugabe’s continued denial of justice for the victims of the genocide and the curtailing of voices for the genocide justice.

Original Story Source: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2016/06/10/mugabe-threatens-gukurahundi/

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Date: 10/06/2016

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Name: Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights

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