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A BULAWAYO-based pressure group, Ibetshu LikaZulu, has issued an ultimatum to Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko for him to apologise or face a boycott of his businesses for claiming that President Mugabe is innocent of the Gukurahundi genocide.

The former Zimbabwe ambassador to South Africa runs a chain of supermarkets in both Bulawayo and Harare under the Choppies Downtown brand.

A month ago Mphoko kicked up a brouhaha when he absolved Mugabe of a crime that claimed 20 000 lives, laying the blame on the West.

Mbuso Fuzwayo, Ibetshu LikaZulu Secretary-General, told NewZimbabwe.com in Matopo on Sunday that his organisation was planning to launch “the boycott Choppies” campaign as a protest against Mphoko’s remarks which were widely ridiculed throughout the country and beyond.

“Surely, the VP cannot have it both ways-insulting the people of Matabeleland while at the same time making millions of dollars in profit from the same people whom he has insulted.

“We are demanding that he should retract his statement or else we are going to mobilise residents to boycott his supermarkets,” said Fuzwayo.

Fuzwayo said his organisation was already consulting its structures in the high density suburbs where Choppies supermarkets are operating.

“I and my family have already started boycotting Choppies shops. We want politicians to desist from this habit of making careless statements because these statements can sometimes have far reaching implications not only on them as individuals but even their businesses as well,” he added.

This is not the first time that the organisation has organised successful demonstrations against individuals or organisations accused of insulting Ndebele speaking people.

In 2012 the pressure group demonstrated against MDC-T Bulawayo South legislator, Eddie Cross accusing him of fanning tribalism.

In 2010, the pressure group also demonstrated against current MDC Renewal team interim president, Sekai Holland, on similar allegations.

Source : New Zimbabwe