Gukurahundi struck off court roll

A BULAWAYO High Court judge yesterday struck off the roll a case, where civic groups were suing former President Robert Mugabe and his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa over the 1980s Gukurahundi massacres.

BY NQOBANI NDLOVU

Vice-President Kembo Mohadi, who administers the National Peace and Reconciliation portfolio, and British Premier Theresa May were also cited as respondents, where civic groups were seeking an order compelling them to release the Chihambakwe Commission of Inquiry report, which contains findings into the Gukurahundi massacres.

Represented by Mathonsi Law Chamber lawyer, Dumisani Dube, Ibhetshu LikaZulu secretary-general Mbuso Fuzwayo, Dumisani Mpofu, of Masakhaneni Trust, and Charles Thomas, a direct victim of Gukurahundi, in January filed an application at the Bulawayo High Court seeking release of the findings.

High Court judge Justice Maxwell Takuva, however, dismissed the application on grounds that the respondents, particularly Mnangagwa and Mohadi, were not properly served.
The activists had cited Mugabe as first respondent, Mnangagwa, Mohadi and May as second to fourth respondents respectively.

May was cited as the head of British government, which was the guarantor of the Lancaster House Agreement and was directly in charge of the mobilisation process of the Zimbabwe National Army between 1979 and 1985 the period in which Gukurahundi occurred.

“This is a constitutional application to compel the respondents jointly and severally to release the Official Findings of the Zimbabwe Commission of Inquiry into the Matabeleland disturbances also known as Chief Dumbutshena and Justice Chihambakwe Commission respectively and/or alternatively first and second respondents to set up a public enquiry (Truth and Reconciliation Commission) into the Gukurahundi genocide and ensure post conflict justice, healing, reconciliation, reparation among other measures,” Fuzwayo had submitted.

He said the government responded with a series of massive military campaigns in which thousands of civilians were raped, butchered, tortured and lost their property.

Fuzwayo said in 1982, the government of Mugabe deployed the army in Matabeleland and the atrocities began, leading to more people losing lives.

Mpofu and Thomas, in their affidavits, concurred with Fuzwayo and prayed for the release of the report demanding that the government should set up another commission of inquiry for healing to take place.

Gukurahundi remains an emotive issue despite Mugabe saying it was moment of madness, and Mnangagwa adding that it was a closed
chapter.


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8 Comments

  1. total madness by the civic groups and their handlers and a brilliant move by the courts there must focus efforts in fighting unemployment and other economic ills

    1. Are you a 5th brigade soldier seeking to protect your atrocities & genocidal killings. If not please keep quiet. There was injustice & it must be redressed. If you are not from Matebeleland please keep your peace. We do not involve ourselves in Chiadzwa killings. Let proper justice be served.

      1. there is already a commission running with these issues in case we forget

  2. Eagle's eye & baboon's ears

    maybe you are out of your senses @ eliasha , how can you celebrate when i want to know what happened to my father and rest of the family.Nonsense

    1. mugabe has been open on these things and no one has dared to challenge him and it was put on the table that the zapu leaders have answers to all your problems so sit down with them in that region and you will get all your answers

  3. My advice to sane people is let’s ignore the malcontents like to these.For them, everything starts and ends with this one issue of Gukurahundi.They would not confront Mugabe, and all of a sudden, now because the new dispensation has indicated a willingness to open Zimbabwe, they suddenly think now is the time to cause disharmony.They should take Mugabe to court because we all know Mugabe had executive & unlimited authority to declare war.Mugabe took all decisions regarding where & how to implement the state of emergency that allowed army activities then. The whole country must not come to a standstill to appease losers.

    Someone says, wed must not comment if we are not from Matebeleland, thats nonsense. Sine when did Matebeleland become an exclusive entity ? Keep dreaming, whether you like it or not, Zimbabwe will remain a single entity, where the maholes have rights any part of the country.

  4. Yes. People need to know what started the whole Gukurahundi thing, bad as it is.

    1. Those who are keen to hide and bury the Gukurahundi issue are the guilty ones – these are the ZANU PF people; Mugabe and Mnangagwa. They know how and what started Gukurahundi – they wanted a one party state. That is why they want it forgotten. ZAPU, Dabengwa and the people of Matebeleland have nothing to hide. That is why we want the Gukurahundi issue opened up – simple!

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