Opposition MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai has given Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko 7 days to publicly apologise for claiming that Tsvangirai was involved in an attempt to kill the late Father Zimbabwe, Joshua Nkomo during the Gukurahundi era. Tsvangirai is threatening to sue Mphoko for defamation.
In a letter delivered to Mphoko’s office, Tsvangirai through his lawyers writes:
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You must realise now, in the context of the falsity of your statements, that your allegations against our client regarding Gukurahundi are not only untruthful, they are terribly defamatory.
Your false statements incorrectly portrayed our client as a cruel, murderous and evil person, who would associate himself with, and participate in horrendous activities of the Gukurahundi-era madness.
The defamatory allegations also cast our client as a dishonest politician, who would make the public believe that he cares about justice for victims of the Gukurahundi massacres, when, in fact, he had participated in the persecution of the said victims.
Mphoko has tried to absolve President Robert Mugabe of any role in the Gukurahundi Massacres, arguing that it was a Western plot.
Gukurahundi is a term used to refer to disturbances in Matabeleland and Midlands in the 1980s which resulted in the death of an estimated 20,000 Ndebele people. It was carried out by the North Korean trained 5th Brigade which was an elite regiment of the... Read More About Gukurahundi
Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo is a celebrated Zimbabwean Second Chimurenga nationalist leader. He founded a number of political movements against the settler regime with the most notable being the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) which he founded in 1962. Affectionately known as "Father Zimbabwe", Nkomo... Read More About Joshua Nkomo
Morgan Tsvangirai was a Zimbabwean politician and leader of the Movement for Democratic Change party and Trade Unionist. He was Prime Minister of Zimbabwe during the Government of National Unity era from 2008 and 2013. Tsvangirai died on 14 February 2018 at a hospital in... Read More About Morgan Tsvangirai