A Ndebele Chief has sent a petition to Amnesty International for protection after state security agents were allegedly assigned to trail him.
Chief Vezi Maduna Mafu of Avoca, Filabusi, has often spoken out against the Gukurahundi atrocities and has been at the forefront in demanding restitution for the affected people.
The 1980s Gukurahundi massacres mostly affected people of Ndebele ethnic origin in the Matabeleland and Midlands Provinces after the government sent soldiers to put down the dissident menace.
In the petition that was leaked last month to the press and widely circulated on social media platforms, the chief wrote
I, Chief Vezi Maduna Mafu as an elderly Chief of Avoca, Filabusi Communal Lands in Zimbabwe recently torched the hornet’s nest when I petitioned the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe over the Ndebele people genocide that was perpetrated by the government under the operation Gukurahundi between 1981 and 1987 using a special North Korean trained notorious military crack force called the Fifth Brigade.
The petition which went viral on social media has raised the ire of the current President who has responded by assigning a District Central Intelligence Officer from the president’s office, Mr Mlotshwa to place me under house arrest and ordered that I report to him all my movements outside Filabusi and give him my itinerary thereof.
Taking into account how Zimbabwe recently voted at the United Nations alongside Burundi over human rights, a quicker action needs to be taken before we experience the tactics used by Saudi Arabia against its journalist critic who was murdered inside the consular.
Also putting into account Itai Dzamara disappearance, the same may happen considering that during 1981 to 1987 Ndebele Genocide, people were abducted from churches. That shows even churches are not places for the sanctity of life to the perpetrators of Ndebele Genocide.