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VICE President Phelekezela Mphoko has repeated his Gukurahundi denial, a position that has outraged activists demanding justice and redress over the pogroms which killed thousands of civilians.

Addressing a public lecture on national healing at Great Zimbabwe University Thursday, Mphoko repeated his claim that President Robert Mugabe was not responsible for the killings.

He said the disturbances were part of a project by the West to distabilise the newly independent Zimbabwe, an allegation even Mugabe himself has never made.

Mphoko’s position on the conflict has angered rights activists not least because he is also the Minister of State responsible for National Healing and Reconciliation.

But he remains adamant.

“What is sometimes written in the papers (about Gukurahundi) is all lies. Papers (media) should not lie because I know what happened,” said the vice president Thursday.

“The disturbances that happened after Independence were not because of President Mugabe’s problem, it was a Western conspiracy to destabilise the newly-independent state of Zimbabwe.

“I have been taken to task about my stance on this issue before, but I must say the truth.

“There is no malice as far as we are concerned and like what we have said before, the post-Independent Gukurahundi was a Western project.”

Mugabe, then prime minister, deployed a specially trained army unit to hunt down dissidents in the Matebeleland and Midlands regions just after independence in 1980.

Rights groups claim the campaign resulted in the butchering of 20,000 civilians.

The Zanu PF leader has ignored calls for justice and redress over the killings despite describing them as a moment of madness.

Source : New Zimbabwe