ZAPU has claimed that Britain was involved in the 1980s massacres carried out by the Zimbabwean government in Midlands and Matebeleland.
The party’s spokesperson, Iphithule Maphosa made the remarks refuting claims by prominent historian Stuart Doran that Britain had no part in the atrocities popularly known as Gukurahundi.
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Speaking after Doran had claimed during a CITE-organised online lecture “Why the International Community Turned a Blind Eye to the Gukurahundi Genocide,” that there was no evidence suggesting that the British government was involved in the atrocities, Maphosa said:
Doran, for reasons best known to him and the British intelligence, chose to exonerate the British and the then South African apartheid regime in Gukurahundi during the said lecture.
The question for Mr Doran is why wading into such an issue which continues to cause pain to victims of the genocide? Could it be that Doran has all along been a paid double agent, appearing to side with the victims, waiting for that moment to show his true colours?
The abduction and killing of so-called Western tourists in Matabeleland north also exposes the British hand in instigating mass killings
Maphosa said Doran ought to remember that Zanu PF was a 1963 British and American project set up to destabilise Zapu which was allegedly championing the advance of the Soviet Union.
He added that the British Conservative party perceived Zapu/Zipra as the only threat to their preferred Zanu PF administration in an “independent” Zimbabwe.
Approximately 20 000 people were allegedly killed during the massacres when the North Korean trained Fifth Brigade descended on the two provinces in search of alleged dissidents.