MDC Matabeleland South provincial chairperson Pilate Ndebele yesterday threatened a solo protest against police officers at at Bulawayo Central Police Station for allegedly refusing to open a docket against former President Robert Mugabe over his involvement in the Gukurahundi atrocities.
Speaking to Southern Eye, Ndebele said the police referred him to western region prosecutor-general Martha Cheda. Said Ndebele:
I wanted to open a docket against Mugabe to cause his arrest over the Gukurahundi massacres, but the police officers said they had no powers to take up the case. I insisted that they open a docket and they also insisted that their hands were tied. They also asked if I had any evidence about Mugabe’s involvement in Gukurahundi, and I told them other than the several mass graves in Matabeleland, his admission that it was a moment of madness was evidence enough. I have not yet been to the office of the Prosecutor-General, but I will be going back to the police to file a docket against Mugabe over Gukurahundi. Having Mugabe arrested is one way of finding closure to the issue. I will hold a solo demonstration if they refuse again to open a docket against the former President.
When contacted for a comment, Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango yesterday professed ignorance over the matter.
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