Zimbabwe: Matabeleland Youths Demand International Tribunal for Gukurahundi Genocide Crimes

The Gukurahundi genocide was committed by the Mugabe government against the people of Matabeleland and Midlands during the period of 1983 - 1987, using a North Korean trained sectarian and Shona speaking 5th Brigade armies that unleashed the reign of terror in Matabeleland, i.e. killing, raping, torturing and maiming those that spoke Ndebele and that were perceived to be sympathetic to the ZAPU party. The government justified the genocide by saying they were hunting for dissidents that wanted to destabilize the country. When the genocide ceased with a unity deal between Mugabe and Nkomo in 1987, less than 50 dissidents surrendered and were paraded to the public during an amnesty.

As the quest for the Gukurahundi genocide justice and equal representation gathers momentum in Zimbabwe, Matabeleland youths have taken to non-violently disrupt the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) public hearings, demanding equal representation and an international tribunal for Gukurahundi genocide perpetrators.

The youths disrupted the Bulawayo meeting on Tuesday, 20 February 2018, and the NPRC public hearing in Lupane (Matabeleland North Province) on Monday, 26 February 2018. They demand the following:

1. A review of the composition of the NPRC commissioners as 7 out of 8 of them are of Shona origin. Shona is the majority spoken language in Zimbabwe; during the Gukurahundi genocide the 5th brigade soldiers spoke Shona and the government was predominantly of Shona speakers while the target populations were of the minority Ndebele speakers.

2. An international tribunal to try the Gukurahundi genocide crimes as the NPRC is compromised and is subject to the President.

3. A court trial for the President Mnangagwa and the former president Robert Mugabe for their involvement in the Gukurahundi genocide.


Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights have been monitoring the developments and documenting them.

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Date: 26/02/2018

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