Police refuse to open Mugabe Gukurahundi docket

POLICE in Bulawayo yesterday reportedly declined to open a genocide docket against former President Robert Mugabe after members of the Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRP) sought to have him charged for Gukurahundi massacres.

BY SHARON SIBINDI/NQOBANI NDLOVU

The secessionist party wanted to lay a formal criminal charge against Mugabe in terms of Section 98 (2) of the Constitution after the former Zanu PF leader was quoted as saying the Gukurahundi massacres “were necessary”.

MRP official Mxolisi Mhlanga, said officer commanding Bulawayo west district, Chief Superintendent Mthokozisi Manzini-Moyo, declined to open a genocide docket against Mugabe, saying they only deal with cases of murder.

“We were told genocide is too big for police and what we can do is go to the office of the prosecution and lay a charge. We even asked about the High Court, they told us we should start with the smaller court going up with the hierarchy till we reach the top. We are going to fight anyway,” he said.

Contacted for comment, Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Precious Simango, said she was unaware of the MRP issue.

In a related development, Zapu leader Dumiso Dabengwa has threatened to demand a review of his 1983 treason trial alongside the late Zipra commander Lookout Masuku, to dispel claims that the former liberation party was to blame for the Gukurahundi massacres.

The treason trial revolved around the discovery, in February 1982, of arms caches on a property owned by Zapu with Mugabe’s government accusing Zipra combatants of plotting to overthrow him.

The discovery was the final straw that torched off the Gukurahundi mass killings in Matabeleland and Midlands which left over 20 000 civilians dead.

Dabengwa and Masuku were later acquitted of treason charges in April 1983, but immediately rearrested and detained until Masuku’s death in 1986.

In July last year, Dabengwa formed the Dumiso Dabengwa Foundation (DDF) to, among other things, push for restorative justice for the Gukurahundi and political violence victims in the country dating back to 1980.

On Tuesday, the foundation announced that it was reviewing the treason trial evidence to ostensibly prove that the discovery of the arms cache was used as a cover up to deploy the North Korean-trained Five Brigade on innocent civilians.

“Due to the persistent argument that Gukurahundi was in response to a cache of arms meant to overthrow government by Zipra; The DDF will be reviewing the treason trial evidence, exhibits and judgment of its patron Dabengwa, his friend Lookout Masuku and five others,” the DDF said in a statement.

“The purpose of such a review will be to prove that the arms cache had nothing to do with overthrowing the government and that those tried for treason were acquitted. Perpetrators of Gukurahundi must then give another explanation for Gukurahundi …”

Mugabe last week denied responsibility for the 1980’s mass killings, arguing: “Zapu and Zipra are also to blame.” He also questioned the 20 000 deaths resulting from the mass killings.

In January, Dabengwa told a dialogue forum to discuss Gukurahundi in Bulawayo that the mass killings were planned as way back as 1979.

Dabengwa said Mugabe and President Emmerson Mnangagwa and other army generals were told during the Lancaster House talks that Zapu and Zipra were “enemies of the State” that had to be dealt with after the 1980 elections, culminating in the Gukurahundi massacres.

15 Comments

  1. Zvatanga, Mugabe might find himself at the Hague like a joke at this rate

    1. ZIMBABWE is not a signatory to the Hague Statute

  2. Dabengwa said Mugabe and President Emmerson Mnangagwa and other army generals were told during the Lancaster House talks that Zapu and Zipra were “enemies of the State” that had to be dealt with after the 1980 elections, culminating in the Gukurahundi massacres. who told them?

  3. Mambo Chirisamhuru

    “The arms cache had nothing to do with the removal of the government….”. Really? Ko maigozvichengeterei? For all his perceived crimes, Robert Mugabe must get kudos for timeously averting a civil war. Zimbabwe might have been divided into two like Sudan. May all secessionists and their handlers be informed that Zimbabwe is indivisible and if one is fed up with it, he can she is free to pack bags and leave. Only incorrigible ignoramuses would apply for another Mfecane!

    1. Wena uzelwe nini?

  4. nutty dreadlock

    THE REASON WHY GUKURAHUNDI SHALL ALWAYS BE MUM IN THE WEST IS THAT IT WAS A PROXY WAR THE WHOLE EVENT WAS THE COLD WAR AT PLAY PEOPLE TEND TO FOGERT THAT zapu ALIGNED ITSELF WITH THE SOVIETS AUTOMATICALLY BRANDING THEMSELVES COMMUNISTS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THE RHODESIAN BUSH WAR TOOK LONG WAS THE SMITH CAMPAIGN ON HOW ZANU AND ZAPU WANTED TO BRING COMMUNISM sECONDLY DO NOT FORGET APATHEID IN S A WAS TOTALLY AGAINST COMMUNISTIC REVOLUTION IN THE WHOLE REGION, THEY SPONSORED RENAMO THEY SPONSORED SAVIMBI AND IN ZIM SUPER ZAPU,Furthermore mr dabengwa why wait until now to want to review the evidence of your case Furthermore you are suing the very same people whom you served after incecerating you,dont take advantage and further a dead political career by using victims of a war, I heard bak in the day they called you the black russian and you refuse to acknowledge that gukurahundi was a cold war fought using the proxy doctrine

    1. When were you born and how old are you to argue with Dabengwa the man who was actually directly involved in this? This is what happens when you allow Shona tribalism to get out of hand. You become a propaganda idiot!

      1. Oskido you are the one who is sick, who needs his head to be examined. Shonas have never been tribalistic, only the Ndebeles are. Thank God I stay in Bulawayo among the tribalistic Ndebeles to know better. I dont support zvinhu zvakaipa, pasi negenocide, but Mthwakazi Republic, my foot!

  5. I long told you Dabengwa and you ZAPU people, that as long as you want to play nice with Gukurahundis, you will always be viewed as the offenders; the wrong party. You have stuck to your useless stupid national peace and unity mantras whilst the perpetrators continue to poke you in the eyes with their lies and reinvention of history. None of them have ever been able to prove their case that is why yiou were acquitted by the Courts; but because they are the government, they control the propaganda machinery, they have been able to sell their side of the story and convince these young Shona youths that they were right and you were wrong. Its about time you stopped playing nice and detailed your side of the story in black and white, spill the beans as it were. Let the dice roll now. We are tired of ZANU lies!!

  6. Dabengwa has nothing to offer is a political leader, he is a war veteran but all he is taking about now is gukurahundi this and that for how long?

  7. why was ZANU formed in 1963? Tribalism.
    why was Chitepo murdered by ZANU? Tribalism.
    why were ZPRA cadres attacked and murdered at Mgagao and Morogoro 1976? Tribalism.
    why was the Grand Plan promulgated by ZANU in 1979? Tribalism.
    why did ZANU break ranks with the Patriotic Front before the 1980 election?
    why did ZANLA cadres start the Entumbane disturbances in 1980 & 1981, where they unfortunately received the raw end of the stick?
    why were ZPRA members kidnapped from assembly points and summarily shot without the dignity of even a mock trial, the very reason why some escaped to live a life of banditry in the bush?
    why were they labelled dissidents when they were in fact fugitives?
    do you think the ZAPU leadership was that naive to attempt an insurrection using a handful of poorly armed men without a base or external support?
    why did Mugabe plant weapons, then “discover” them as ZPRA arms caches?
    why did South Africa train “Super Zapu”?
    why has the ruining party re-written history to portay themselves as super-liberators and relegate people like Makwati, Mlugulu, Skhombo, and more recently, ZPRA, as non-players in the struggle against colonisation?
    what then was the real reason behind the Gukurahundi episode that no-one is willing to apologise for?
    the answer is not difficult to figure out; just the one word.
    Only those who know this history well can answer these questions objectively and rescue our people from the chasm at the bottom of which lies the remnants of our dignity, civilisation and unity as a nation.

  8. So Dabengwa is claiming that his court acquittal on 1983 treason trial meant the 1982 arms caches on pf zapu properties,the court found were never meant to stage a rebellion in Matabeleland!And were not illegally placed at the pf zapu properties!But can someone give an answer why Gwesela,Gaigusu & friends were in the trenches in possession of arms of war?And Dabengwa has an equal responsibility to publish the said court verdict since he is in possession of a copy for all to see.The bee line is that Dabengwa must simply admit where they went wrong as pf zapu & then Mugabe also take his part &then reconciliation process goes on

  9. Zvakozvenyuhazvirehwimayivepi Mazivazvangumhakayakora

    Comment…Mayivepi, divi ripi? Nekudaro
    zvombo izvi zvaiva zveyi, kuvhimisa mhuka? Ahapana kupiwa tsanangudzo ipapo. Pangonzi zvanga zvisineyi nekurwisa Hurumende chete. Ipayi tsanangudzo dzizere ipapo. Ndiyani akabhomba Kombahari, imba yeku Ashdown Park neFlat reku Avenue? Nyaya inobata matativi maviri. Richard Gwesela, Gaigusu, Ngwenya nevamwe?? Pane akati kwaive nemakumi mashanu evapanduki. Akazivaseyi huwandu hwavo? Nehuwandu hwavo uhu, vakapondawo vanhu vangani?

  10. Fishers of men

    Let by gones be by gones. Thus why the unity accord was signed between mugabe and nkomo. The gukurahundi issue is history. can we bring those 20000 back to life. Even Without gukurahundi most of them by now would be dead long long dead. Pliz leave Mugabe alone. Both zapu and zanu contributed. Lets share the blame and keep quite.

  11. I don’t believe 20 000 Ndebeles were killed.How many people , black or white were killed between 1970 and 1980?Mugabe was quick enough to prevent a civil war.He is right when he said both parties are at faulty.

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