The late ZAPU Dumiso Dabengwa felt that Gukurahundi was supposed to never become a closed chapter in the same way that the war for independence is. This was revealed by the director of the Dumiso Dabengwa foundation, Mthulisi Hanana, at the late National Hero’s funeral.
“I must say that he was scarred by that genocide until the day that he passed on. Till the day he died, he never understood why comrades who fought the colonial government side-by-side with him turned against him and others. He did not understand why civilians were butchered by an army that was supposed to be professional.
He appealed that Gukurahundi must never be a closed chapter, just like the liberation struggle. We must always remind our people that people died for being ZAPU, they died for being Ndebele and died for supporting Joshua Nkomo. The next genocide can only be avoided when this one subject is spoken about.”
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Dumiso Dabengwa was a politician and the president of ZAPU. He was also a member of Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) officially until 2008 when he left to revive ZAPU political party. In 2018, Dumiso formed the Dumiso Dabengwa Foundation. Between 2018 and 2019... Read More About Dumiso Dabengwa
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