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Arrest Gukurahundist Mnangagwa, says Mthwakazi party

10/11/2017 00:00:00
by Staff reporter
 
 
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THE Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) says President Mugabe has a grand opportunity to clear his name on his alleged involvement in the Gukurahundi Massacres by immediately arresting the ousted former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa and charge him for the heinous crimes.

Mugabe and Mnangagwa have been long-time mates until their friendship spanning decades ended spectacularly when the former fired the Midlands strongman from government on Monday.

Both have been implicated the 1980s mass killings in Matabeleland and Midlands.

Mugabe once described the killings which claimed an estimated 20 000 innocent lives as a “moment of madness” but a government report on the killings has never been made public.

Mnangagwa has also denied any links with one of the country`s darkest periods.

In a 2016 interview with New Statesman, a United Kingdom based magazine, Mnangagwa was quoted as denying having played any role in the killings.

“How do I become the enforcer during Gukurahundi? We had the President, the Minister of Defence, commander of the army and I was none of that. My own enemies attack me left and right and that is what you are buying,” the magazine quoted him as saying then.

However, MLF believes “Ngwena” as Mnangagwa is known in political circles, has a case to answer.

“We, therefore as MLF, call upon his government to prove its innocence on Gukurahundi by arresting the ousted Mnangagwa for his involvement in the killings of more than 80 000 innocent Mthwakazi people.

“This is the time that Mugabe and his government cleared their involvement allegations into Gukurahundi by arresting Mnangagwa whom many sources have linked directly with the killings,” the secessionist party said.

Former education minister during the Government of National Unity (GNU), David Coltart, in his autobiography – The Struggle Continues: 50 years of Tyranny in Zimbabwe – said Mnangagwa made inflammatory remarks during a rally in Victoria Falls in 1983 which was reported in the Chronicle, where he threatened to exterminate dissidents.

In response, Mnangagwa threatened to sue the Bulawayo based lawyer.

“According to the Chronicle newspaper article of 5 March 1983, Mnangagwa told the masses that the government had two options to deal with the dissidents in Matabeleland.



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The first one being to burn down all villages that harboured the dissidents while the other was to deploy the fifth brigade. 

“Just as he had hinted, the fifth brigade was deployed, burning down homesteads and killing tens of thousands in cold blood (sic),” the MLF party said.

“As MLF, we believe Mnangagwa's sentiments incited the gross violation of Mthwakazi people's rights, as per the Criminal Law (codification and reform) Act of Zimbabwe, section 36. Mnangagwa should be held liable for causing public disturbance in Mthwakazi. We therefore call upon the government of Zimbabwe to arrest him.” 


 
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