Latest News Editor's Choice

News / National

'Mnangagwa inherits Mugabe's anti-Gukurahundi traits'

by Staff reporter
19 Sep 2018 at 13:46hrs | Views
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa's regime has come under fire for allegedly refusing to surrender former state leader Robert Mugabe's old culture of muzzling any talk around the Gukurahundi atrocities.

This comes after Bulawayo based journalist Zenzele Ndebele was on Monday summoned by police to answer questions on a Gukurahundi documentary he is set to showcase at the end of this month.

The massacres, which saw the army preside over the killing of 20 000 civilians in Matebeleland and Midlands provinces early 1980s, were waged by the now-defunct Mugabe regime with Mnangagwa's name featuring prominently among the perpetrators.

Government has tried to muzzle any talk about the atrocities with artistic expression on the genocide being blocked or banned.

Ndebele, who has been outspoken on the issue, announced on social media that he had been summoned to the Bulawayo CID Law and Order division.

"Just got a call from CID Law and order Bulawayo asking me to come and see them at 3pm. The person who called said it's in connection with the Gukurahundi documentary launch," he tweeted early Monday morning.

After presenting himself to the police in the company of his lawyers, Ndebele later tweeted: "Am back. ZANU will never change. The launch is on September 29. Befuna bengafuni (whether they like it or not)!"

He later revealed that the police had requested to watch the documentary before the launch.

The documentary, titled "Gukurahundi Genocide 36 years later", is set to premiere on September 29 at a city hotel.

The Zanu PF led government has often used the Censorship Board to ban artistic work critical of its rule.

Mbuso Fuzwayo, secretary general of pro-Matebeleland pressure group, Ibhetshu Likazulu said this was a sign government did not want people to know the truth.

Mthwakazi Republic Party also echoed the same sentiments saying the truth around the atrocities could not continue to be kept secret.

Source - newzimbabwe