Outspoken former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) member, Eddie Cross, said that he was warned by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in 1983 against lobbying for an end to Gukurahundi atrocities.
Speaking on Trevor Ncube’s “In Conversation With Trevor” programme recently, Cross said soon after Gukurahundi started, he made contact with three Heads of State in Europe to put pressure on the then Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, to stop the massacres.
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Cross claimed he got a warning from Mnangagwa not to do it again as it was none of his business. Said Cross:
The last time I had direct contact with him was in 1983 when I was the General Manager of Dairiboard and Gukurahundi had just started.
We have had a couple of thousands of people murdered at Lupane and the Catholics in Lupane had called me and given me a report on what was happening.
I contacted the secretary to the Prime Minister Charles Utete… subsequently I sent reports to three Heads of State in Europe asking them to put pressure on Mugabe.
When I did that, when I came back home, I got a warning from Emmerson (Mnangagwa) not to do it again and [he said] this is none of your business.
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