The opposition ZAPU party has rebuked the secessionist Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRP) over claims that the late former Vice President Joshua Nkomo was partly to blame for the murder of some 20 000 mainly Ndebele-speaking people during Gukurahundi.
MRP leader Mqondisi Moyo accused Nkomo of turning down a chance to restore the Mthwakazi nation before independence in 1980.
Addressing a rally in Khame, Plumtree recently, Moyo said if Nkomo had agreed to that option during the talks at Lancaster House, there was not going to be a thing called Gukurahundi.
But ZAPU spokesperson Msongelwa Ndlovu shot back saying opposition political parties must avoid unnecessary hostilities. NewsDay’s Silas Nkala quotes Ndlovu as saying:
We will not let these unprovoked utterances by Mqondisi go unchallenged. It will be a disservice to our people to allow an unprovoked display of public political malnutrition or kwashiorkor.
Firstly, Nkomo’s generation understood their mission and political cause, which was to liberate Zimbabwe. After executing that task, Nkomo would be an opportunist and turncoat to then seek a two-State solution after thousands of young men and women perished for Zimbabwe.
Moyo is better advised to identify his cause and execute his mission to write his own history instead of seeking pleasure by misrepresenting a history he doesn’t understand.
The MRP is pushing for reconstitution of the Mthwakazi nation through cessation from greater Zimbabwe.
Mthwakazi is the original Ndebele kingdom.