Two anti-Gukurahundi chiefs from Matabeleland South province, chiefs Vezi Maduna and Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni have demanded the creattion of an independent probe into the atrocities of the early 1980s.
The two chiefs wrote a letter to the ZANU PF national chairperson Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, demanding that the United Nations (UN) should be involved in the Gukurahundi probe. The letter reads in part:
The letter serves to inform you as the national chairperson of the ruling party Zanu PF that on behalf of the … genocide victims of 1981-87, we the Ndebele chiefs have written to the United Nations (UN) secretary- general to set up an independent commission of inquiry to investigate this genocide and to bring perpetrators of it to book.
As you are aware, the genocide was well planned and implemented by the government, so we cannot expect the same government to investigate itself.
There is still a window of opportunity for this issue. However, silence and inaction by the government and your Zanu PF will not stop the actions that have been initiated in the international arena.
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 Zimbabwe Defence Forces. Gukurahundi is derived from a Shona language term which loosely translates to “the early rain which washes away the chaff before the spring rains”.
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