Stuart Doran author of the book, “Kingdom, power, glory: Mugabe, Zanu and the quest for supremacy, 1960-1987” has said that President Emmerson Mnangagwa needs a better public relations to address his role in the Gukurahundi massacres. Mnangagwa has refused to apologise for his role in Gukurahundi saying that the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) is enough. Here is an excerpt of Doran’s interview with the Sunday Times,
Sunday Times: Was there ever a legitimate reason for the existence of the Fifth Brigade in Matabeleland?
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Stuart Doran: Mugabe and his ministers claimed that 5 Brigade was a crack unit that was established to deal with banditry in Matabeleland. But that was propaganda. The brigade was created to smash the support base of Zanu PF’s main political opposition — and that’s exactly what it did when it was deployed in January 1983.
Sunday Times: President Emmerson Mnangagwa was Mugabe’s minister of State Security during the Gukurahundi — do you believe, as some do, that he was instrumental in the massacres?
Stuart Doran: Yes. The evidence is clear. He was by no means the only player, but he was one of the most important. His outright denials are, frankly, pretty silly. He needs a new PR (public relations) team.
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