Gukurahundi indaba: Dabengwa, Mzila-Ndlovu denied UK visas

TWO Bulawayo-based opposition leaders Dumiso Dabengwa (Zapu) and Moses Mzila-Ndlovu (Alliance for National Salvation (Ansa) have blasted the British embassy in Harare for denying them visas to travel to the United Kingdom for a Gukurahundi conference this week.

By NQOBANI NDLOVU/SHARON SIBINDI

Dabengwa and Mzila-Ndlovu were reportedly supposed to leave early last week for the conference running at St Andrew’s University this week, where they were also listed as panellists.

“I got an invite from St Andrew’s University through a Matabeleland group called Matabeleland 1893 to attend the conference to discuss the 1980s mass killings. The Matabeleland group was working with Hazel Cameron, an associate professor there, who has written a lot about Gukurahundi,” Mzila-Ndlovu said in an
interview.

“I submitted my application for a visa about four weeks ago, have been making follow-ups until the day of my departure (Wednesday) arrived, but still no luck. I got a call from the visa application office that my passport was now ready, but I am not sure whether I got the visa or not, but my suspicion is that the delay was deliberate since I have been vocal about Gukurahundi, and vocal about the role of the UK during the atrocities.”

There have been reports that the UK government knew about the mass killings in Matabeleland, but turned a blind eye.

Researchers say over 20 000 civilians were left dead in Matabeleland and Midlands after former President Robert Mugabe unleashed a North Korea-trained military unit to contain suspected Zapu dissidents.

Dabengwa last year claimed Gukurahundi was planned way back as early as 1979 at the Lancaster House talks, with the tacit approval of the UK government to “destroy” Zapu, then led by the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo.

Zapu spokesperson Iphithule Maphosa also confirmed delays in the issuance of Dabengwa’s visa.

“Dabengwa’s visa was applied for on April 19 and turnaround time given to it was 15 working days. We, therefore, await response, maybe Monday (today) and that is when we can know the outcome. For now, I think it’s safe to say it’s premature to say he has been denied a visa. Other than Gukurahundi, Dabengwa was meant to discuss the human rights situation in Zimbabwe, violations and remedy offered,” he said in a telephone interview.

Dabengwa is a victim of the Gukurahundi atrocities, having spent several years in jail despite being acquitted by the courts.


A call to the UK embassy went unanswered yesterday.

Gukurahundi remains an emotive issue in the affected regions, with victims piling pressure on the Zanu PF government to set up a truth and reconciliation commission to put the matter to rest.

Mugabe refused to publicly apologise for the atrocities which he described as “a moment of madness, while his successor Emerson Mnangagwa, has declared that the issue was a closed chapter.

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  1. Dabengwa might have a point but if he was revolutionary enough,not SAYING THE GUKURAHUNDI WAS GOOD ,I PERSONALLY ADMIT IT WAS WRONG,But he should be able to aslo to take note of what happened during these years -1830–1840-, His fugitive ancestors instead of coming to seek refuge under the rozvi they came to colonise it, after jumping out of shaka’s melting pot They defeated the empire , Ndwandwe armies of Nxaba and Zwangendaba. In the early 1830s the last Rozwi ruler was killed in his capital of Khami, resulting in the collapse of the empire.later also after they settled if he digs well he will have meaningful evidence of the works of Lobengulas, madzviti,disidents over the Shonas,,the dabengwas could have stayed there and but they were cowards who could not face shaka,and now he thinks that he faced much on that issue coz he got modern persecution.Personally my forefathers are from Chirumhanzu area, but ndebele raids forced them to locate in very arid regions like chivi mberengwa some were killed after being robbed of their goodies and even family members,there wasn’t justice for VENE VEDZINONYIKA , but i do not think revenge was done for that,or even meetings like that one he is going to attend for.we just coexisted with them afterwards,but a good analysis will just say Dzimbahwe was colonized twice first by the Ndebeles and secondly by these ones who think they are the rightful leaders of the whole world,VARIKUTOCHEMAWO LAND REFORM ,we are dragging the nation down , it will takes us more time for us to reach the bullet train era,takuda vanhu vanotarisa kumberi kwete vane ma rear-view mirror,nokuti kumashure kwakabvongodzwa nevakawanda,

    1. Listoling Regacy Malawi Zim VP

      @CHURUMUHANZU…..and your own ancestors came all the way from Central Africa, did no harm to anyone and on a holy mission, simply settled on so-called “empty land” in the Southern parts of Africa, like the white colonialists have also claimed about their ancestors? The day you learn to narrate history in its fullness and not only those parts of it that suit your tribalistic agendas, as was taught to you by ZANU PF, will certainly be the day we as Africans can look forward to future peace and harmony on this cursed Continent of Black Africa!!

    2. I wonder how you got this good English yet your analytic and thinking level is so shallow. Really this century having tribalists like you. come on man grow up

  2. Davengwa should be tried for formenting Gukurahundi, Mugabe detailed his central involvement and the article curiously leaves that out

    1. Listoling Regacy Malawi Zim VP

      He was tried and acquitted twice in the 1980s – do you even know that? Thats the problem with dealing with ZANU PF progenies born after 1980. All you know is the ZANU version of events and not the truth. Why have you not tried Mujuru for planning to topple your Mugabe? When will you try Mnangagwa for toppling Mugabe? Why did you not try Tsvangirayi for training rebels in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, as your Mugabe and his ZANU PF once claimed? Why did you not try Kombayi the leader of Tekere’s Zum in the Midlands for planning to topple Mugabe instead of shooting him? The list of the accused since day one in 1980 is endless my friend. But alas; the only genuine cases according to you Shonas are the Dabengwas, Masukus and the Nkomos of this world. Shame – your Shona tribalism is so obviously glaring – its stinks to the high heavens above.
      WILL EVER TIRE OVER YOUR NEVER ENDING UNDYING HATRED OF THE NDEBELE PEOPLE, OR ITS A PART OF YOUR DNA, I WONDER? PRIMITIVE THUGS! BLOOD SUCKERS!!

  3. When the ZIPRA forces where fighting the colonialists the ZANLA were campaigning for the elections and designing strategies of suppressing the legacy of ZAPU. They did this fearfully because on the front ZIPRA was way more equipped and thorough because they were aided by more powerful Russia while ZANLA was aided by China. Which was renegade party between ZANU and ZAPU? Who is the pioneer of Nationalism and advocate land appropriation and reform. Is it the Chinhoyi battle that signified the start of the armed struggle? If you really can answer these questions you will know this governance thing is not for the Shona. Shona history is of fragmentation (chiefdoms) called factionalism of today. No national unity under one leader. Back biting and hero worshipping for gain .., That fear of the rich legacy of Ndebele history led to loss of true national ethos and we fell into this deep pit of state vs nation.

    1. ndovutaddi@gmail.com Zanu was not renegade part but was formed to replace the banned Zapu,just like Zapu,it was formed 10 days after NDP was banned,know this
      ZAPU was banned on 20 September 1962 and many leading members were restricted for three months to the area surrounding their home villages; Joshua Nkomo was out of the country when the party was banned. Nkomo; as before,Following pressure from Sithole, Enoch Dumbutshena and Tanganyika’s Julius Nyerere, Nkomo returned to Rhodesia, and he, too, was restricted.Nkomo now decided that no new movement would be formed to replace the proscribed ZAPU. His decision added to the growing opposition to his leadership within the Party Executive, and contributed to the split some months later.
      Opposition to Nkomo within the Executive was on four major issues: his policy of “circumvention”rather than “confrontation”;his refusal to form a new political party to replace the banned ZAPU;indecisive leadership;hisand concern that many African leaders had expressed a lack of confidence in his leadership. Several National Executive meetings were held to discuss these problems and, more specifically, the question of leadership returned to Salisbury. Nkomo avoided the meetings and Here he discovered that the dissidents within the Executive had been in contact with local ZAPU officials and were criticising his leadership. On 6 July Nkomo precipitated a split in the Party by denouncing his opponents as enemies of the nationalist movement and by sending a cable to Dar es Salaam suspending the rebellious National Executive members.

    2. 2ndly ,we will mention both Nkomo and RGM later in the issue pioneering nationalism and land appropriation
      In 1951 the settler regime introduced the Native Land Husbandry Act which forced rural families to reduce their cattle herds and change land tenure practices.
      This sparked a furious reaction by the already agitated and fast rising nationalist movement.
      In August 1955 matters came to a head when four young men James Chikerema, George Nyandoro, Edson Sithole and Dunduza Chisiza formed the City Youth League which later changed to the African National Youth League (ANYL).

      1. Listoling Regacy Malawi Zim VP

        ….and do you know that you beloved Mugabe was nowhere to be seen in the Nationalist Movement in the 1950s? All those people you mention were led by Joshua Nkomo in those early years and basically the nationalist movement and rebellion started in Bulawayo. Bulawayo and Matebeleland is where everything was happening, and Salisbury would follow. The city and the region were deliberately reduced to nothing only after the SHONAS took over in 1980. Today, 38 yeaars later of primitive tribal rule, a whole country is left with only one city on the world map – sies primitive tribalism!!!

        1. WE KNOW BOTH NKOMO AND MUGABE’S ROLE IN THE STRUGGLE FOR MAJORITY RULE AND ALSO
          FOR CHIKEREMA TO BE AN ALLY OF NKOMO DOESNT MEAN HE WAS EAGER TO BE LED BY NKOMO,ENOUGH EVIDENCE IS FROM THE 1971 SPLIT BY CHIKEREMA TO FORM FROLIZI,AND ALSO HE EVEN ACCUSED UK FOR SUPPORTING ZAPU,
          G. B NYANDORO WAS UNDER CHIKEREMA
          E.F.C.SITHOLE WAS SCEPTICAL OF NKOMO’S LEADERSHIP THAT IS WHY HE FORMED ZNP WITH OTHER LEADERS WHO DESERTED NKOMO
          D CHISIZA(THE african man) NEVER INTERACTED WITH NKOMO,
          YOU SAID BASICALLY BUT IN REALITY NATIONALISTIC EXODUS STARTED WITH THE SHONA.

    3. ndovutaddi@gmail.com Zanu was not renegade part but was formed to replace the banned Zapu,just like Zapu,it was formed 10 days after NDP was banned,know this
      ZAPU was banned on 20 September 1962 and many leading members were restricted for three months to the area surrounding their home villages; Joshua Nkomo was out of the country when the party was banned. Nkomo; as before,Following pressure from Sithole, Enoch Dumbutshena and Tanganyika’s Julius Nyerere, Nkomo returned to Rhodesia, and he, too, was restricted.Nkomo now decided that no new movement would be formed to replace the proscribed ZAPU. His decision added to the growing opposition to his leadership within the Party Executive, and contributed to the split some months later.

      1. Opposition to Nkomo within the Executive was on four major issues: his policy of “circumvention”rather than “confrontation”;his refusal to form a new political party to replace the banned ZAPU;indecisive leadership;hisand concern that many African leaders had expressed a lack of confidence in his leadership. Several National Executive meetings were held to discuss these problems and, more specifically, the question of leadership returned to Salisbury. Nkomo avoided the meetings and Here he discovered that the dissidents within the Executive had been in contact with local ZAPU officials and were criticising his leadership. On 6 July Nkomo precipitated a split in the Party by denouncing his opponents as enemies of the nationalist movement and by sending a cable to Dar es Salaam suspending the rebellious National Executive members.

  4. ndlovutaddi@gmail.com

    When the ZIPRA forces where fighting the colonialists the ZANLA were campaigning for the elections and designing strategies of suppressing the legacy of ZAPU. They did this fearfully because on the front ZIPRA was way more equipped and thorough because they were aided by more powerful Russia while ZANLA was aided by China. Which was renegade party between ZANU and ZAPU? Who is the pioneer of Nationalism and advocate land appropriation and reform. Is it the Chinhoyi battle that signified the start of the armed struggle? If you really can answer these questions you will know this governance thing is not for the Shona. Shona history is of fragmentation (chiefdoms) called factionalism of today. No national unity under one leader. Back biting and hero worshipping for gain .., That fear of the rich legacy of Ndebele history led to loss of true national ethos and we fell into this deep pit of state vs nation.

    1. Listoling Regacy Malawi Zim VP

      When Cecil John Rhodes moved from the South up northwards after the discovery of Gold; he only found the Western parts of the now united country land between the two rivers with formal unifying leadership and governance structures under King Lobhengula. The Eastern parts had no leadership or identifiable governance systems. That is why Cecil Rhodes just walked in, flew his flag on the Salisbury Kopjie and faced no resistance. Yet today we read from the ZANU history that King Lobhengula sold the country – which country, if I may ask? King Lobhengula was only attacked long after the white colonialists had settled and attempted to negotiate with him. This is why Rhodes kept deporting King Lobhengula’s sons back to South Africa, so there would be no hier to the King’s throne. The newly identified Crown Prince Bulelani in the Eastern Cape was born several generations down the line in SA because of these deportations by Cecil John Rhodes. So, if truth be told; its actually the Shonas who sold their own Mashonaland country to the whites, not King Lobhengula, when they offered no resistance to the invaders and allowed them to do as they please on their land!

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