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Gukurahundi genocide revisited

06 Aug 2019 at 20:06hrs | Views
Between 1939 and 1945, during WW 11, an estimated number of 6-7 million Jews perished at the hands of Hitler and the German Nazis.

The International Military Tribunal was set up in Nurenberg in 1945 to investigate and conduct trials on crimes committed. Specifically, it was to look into the following: crimes against peace, interference with the law, crimes against humanity including murder, extermination, enslavement and persecution. From 1945 to 1946 the IMT prosecuted over 22 Nazi officers.

Needless to say, Nazi surviving collaborators are still rounded up and deported to Germany by the then Allies.

No two historical scenarios are the same. However, what works in one situation has been known to work as well or better in another if conditions permit.

President Mnangagwa will be wisely advised to cobble together an international panel comprising representatives of SADC countries to carry out investigations and trials associated with the genocide that occurred in Zimbabwe in the 1980s otherwise known cynically as GUKURAHUNDI.

Logic had it that Germany and the Nazis were the wrong entity to investigate and try themselves. Surely, that logic is equally applicable to Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa and ZANU/PF.

The GUKURAHUNDI atrocities that claimed more that 20,000 mostly Ndebele innocent civilians were as reprehensible as those of the Holocaust. ED, do the right thing!

Japhet M. Zwana (USA)

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