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'Let's forget about Gukurahundi' Obert Mpofu tells Zimbabweans

by Mandla Ndlovu
06 Oct 2020 at 09:44hrs | Views
ZANU PF Secretary for Administration Obert Mpofu has reiterated his unpopular sentiments that Zimbabweans must forget the Gukurahundi Genocide that killed more 20 000 citizens of Midlands and Matabeleland in the early 1980s.

Writing in his book Shoulders of struggle, Mpofu says, "Finally let bygones be bygones. Government  should not be coerced into making reactionary subjective apologies for Gukurahundi by forces pursuing neo-colonial polarising agenda

"The Unity Accord formalised the needed reconciliation process as it brought the key stakeholder political entities to map out of conflict towards durable national healing."

The quote prompted Professor Jonathan Moyo to call Mpofu a sellout. Moyo lost his father during the genocide.

"There you have it from a judas & #gukurahundi collaborator with bloody hands who betrayed Joshua Nkomo, Zapu & his own community & whose treachery is yet to be told; who also was used by Mnangagwa to leak #Willowgate fibs to the @ChronicleZim to destroy Maurice Nyagumbo & others!" Moyo posted on Twitter.

In a paper written in 2019, Mpofu made the following submissions:

The Gukurahundi disturbances ended in 1987 when Zanu and Zapu signed the Unity Accord. The next result of this Unity Accord was that it effectively dissolved both Zanu and Zapu and gave birth to a new party known as the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF).

On 18 April 1988, the Government announced an amnesty for all dissidents, and further called on them to lay down their arms. A general ordinance was issued stating all those who surrendered before 31 May would be granted full pardon.

Finally let bygones be bygones, if Government is to be dragged into formally apologising, this will open closed wounds which may be catastrophic to the party and government.

Source - Byo24News