The Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) said President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is trying to destroy some of the evidence of Gukurahundi massacres.
ZAPU spokesperson Iphithule Maphosa on Thursday alleged that the major reason for the November 2017 military coup which toppled then president, Robert Mugabe, was for Mnangagwa and his accomplices to escape justice for the crimes they committed.
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Maphosa argued that the fact that the current government has appointed different bodies and individuals to resolve the Gukuruhandi issues betrays a systematic plan to destroy all the evidence. He said:
Soon after staging his military coup, Mnangagwa made a loud proclamation that the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission had been given the responsibility of resolving Gukurahundi.
Despite our registered doubts over the capacity of this commission to solve the genocide, Mnangagwa sent the commission countrywide on what was purported to be a fact-finding mission.
A clear agenda of evidence erasure in blatant disregard for justice is being attempted without shame as well.
The choice of those who are tasked with the destruction of evidence is being done using a carefully planned strategy.
It is never a coincidence that all the listed bodies and individuals have been given that task one after another.
More than 20 000 civilians were massacred by a Zimbabwe National Army brigade trained by North Koreans in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces between 1983 and 1987 as the ZANU PF government pursued perceived PF ZAPU dissidents.
The mass killings, which have been referred to as ‘Gukurahundi’ (a Shona word for the early rain which washes away the chaff before the spring rains), were concentrated within PF ZAPU-dominated areas and only ended when the party agreed to be swallowed by ZANU PF.