ZANU PF secretary for administration, Obert Mpofu has been criticised for saying that the government does not need to apologise for the Gukurahundi massacres.
Mpofu expressed the sentiments in a column titled “Exploring the Causes of Gukurahundi (Part 2)” published by a State-owned publication. He wrote:
The Gukurahundi issue was resolved on December 22, 1987, by former President R G Mugabe and the late Vice-President (Joshua) Nkomo.
If discussions on Gukurahundi are to happen, Zanu PF, as the custodians of the Unity Accord, should define the agenda and own the process.
… Finally, let bygones be bygones. If the government is to be dragged into formally apologising, this will open closed wounds, which may be catastrophic to the party and government.
Meanwhile, in an interview with NewsDay on Wednesday, Chief Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni asserted that the Gukurahundi issue is not a political but a legal issue. He said:
We are talking about a legal issue. If I may give an example; should we find the bones of a Gukurahundi victim, those bones become a scene of a crime and if the person who committed the crime is located, there is no Unity Accord to the crime committed, there is no agreement, there is no politics that come into play, but the law will simply take its course.
Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRP) president, Mqondisi Moyo said that Mpofu was trying to buy sympathy since ZANU PF youths accused him of corruption. Said Moyo:
We are aware that Mpofu’s sentiments about the Gukurahundi-Genocide could be a way of trying to buy his sympathy since the Zanu PF youths are up in arms against Mpofu, who they continuously accuse of corruption.
Zapu spokesperson, Iphithule Maphosa declared that Mpofu has no moral leg to stand on since he was part of the Gukurahundi genocide perpetrators. He said:
He (Mpofu) has no moral leg to stand on and talk of the infamous Unity Accord, for he is part of the killing machine that arm-twisted our leadership in 1987 into signing a document that was never negotiated by Zapu.
There is no way the Unity Accord could have dealt with a crime of genocide.