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LETTER to Comrade Dumiso Dabengwa on his refusal to speak against the architects of Gukurahundi genocide in Matabeleland and Midlands.

COMRADE Dabengwa, we all thought you are now the voice for the people of Mathebeleland and Midlands! Comrade Joshua Mqabuko is gone, he is late, gone to rest, and he thought he left all the voice in you to lead the people of Matabeleland and Midlands to speak about the genocide of the 1980-1988. How is it possible you are not comfortable to speak against Gukurahundi architects and the perpetrators of it one of them is Emerson Mnangagwa?

Just by saying that “I am not comfortable to talk about the participation of Mnangagwa in Gukurahundi atrocities”, you are failing thousands of people from Matabeleland and midlands that perished during the Gukurahundi atrocities in various degrees of violence and the most degrading deaths one can ever think of. Let me remind you what Emerson Mnangagwa and his criminal cabal did to the people of Mathebeleland and Midlands Comrade Dabengwa: im Falle Sie haben es vergessen! (In case you forgot).

They burnt victims alive, forcing villagers to dig their own graves and bury them alive, trucking and burying victims alive in mine shafts they used of any object to break the victims skull, parading victims and shooting them before a forced audience, which is then butchered in similar fashion in turn lining victims in a single line, one behind the other facing one direction, and firing gunshots at the back of one victim’s head so that victims are killed simultaneously with a single bullet.

They tortured victims brutally and slowly until they died, forcing victims to lie down on their backs staring into the sun and denying them water and food they amputated victims hands and legs with axes and used bayonets to see how the foetus of a Ndebele so-called dissident looked like in its mother’s womb and then watching these women bleed to death.

They starved victims of food and water until they died in various notorious detention camps and also under the imposed chilling curfew which closed down shops and restricted virtually all movement. Kidnappings and disappearances were common people were taken from their homes from the streets, from schools and offices, from buses and trains and, also taken while grazing their livestock in the forests, and from many other places and were never seen alive or dead again, gang raping of women and girls was the order of the day.

Are you sure you do not want to be the spokesman for Matabeleland and Midlands and condemn Mnangagwa who was part of that machinery which was set up to try and exterminate the Ndebele people from the map of Zimbabwe? The people of Matabeleland are looking for leadership from you leadership that will speak on their behalf and continue to condemn the genocide that took place in the two regions. We will not rest until all the architects of genocide are sent to The Hague to answer charges related to the genocide they meted on the people of Matabeleland and Midlands during 1980 and 1988 and one of them is Emerson Mnangagwa.

When I read an article telling us all that you do not want to comment about the participation of Mnangagwa in the Genocidal practices when he was part and parcel of in the Gukurahundi atrocities, I was very disappointed. Surely we cannot fail the people who perished in this genocide. Their voices are crying out for us to do something about it. Their bones are lying around without any decent burial. We are waiting for your leadership to take this on a higher level. But you openly decline this appeal! There is need to internationalise the genocide to get the perpetrators to face justice. If that is not done then we shall face genocide in Zimbabwe again later in life when you and I would have passed on perhaps.

I am trying to show you the seriousness of this genocide if it’s not handled with the robustness it deserves. I am not talking about Mphoko at the moment because he is busy singing for his supper he is a small fly when we talk about real revolutionaries of Zimbabwe. If he can deny Gukurahundi and give us a weak (half-cooked) explanation as to why he called Gukurahundi “western propaganda” then you cannot expect much from such a weak personality double-faced personality whereby the stomach dictates what he says and does!

I wonder how Mphoko manages to live with that conscience. He sees food first and then the people he could serve, if at all. He needs to be told to reproach his conscience. Somehow, he thinks the people of Matabeleland are stupid that we can accept anything he says as an explanation for his dubious activities in the early 1980s. Mr. Mphoko, please dlana and leave us alone! Those false glory promises about taking Bulawayo to dizzy heights: “sizayicela isivuthiwe”.

I am talking about you, Comrade Dabengwa, the Man of the people of that region. Your military and liberation credentials can never be rubbished by anybody, even Mugabe himself. The issue about genocide in Matabeleland and Midlands is a non-partisan obligation for all the people coming from that region and the whole of Zimbabwe to sensitively face it and talk about it without fear or favor. Peace and reconciliation can only come if the genocide that took place in Matabeleland and Midlands is addressed thoroughly to the satisfaction of the victims and the international standards regarding genocide.

Nomazulu Thata writes in her personal capacity and all that she has written are her personal views. She can be contacted at nomazulu.thata@hotmail.com

Source : New Zimbabwe