GUKURAHUNDI IN ZIMBABWE PDF

Beginning in January , Mugabe waged a campaign of terror against the people in Matabeleland in the western part of the country. History of the Shona and Ndebele There have long been strong feelings between the majority Shona people of Zimbabwe and the Ndebele people in the south of the country. It dates back to the early s when the Ndebele were pushed from their traditional lands in what is now South Africa by the Zulu and Boer. The Ndebele arrived in what is now known as Matabeleland, and in turn pushed out or required tribute from the Shona living in the region. Both had emerged from the National Democratic Party in the early 60s.

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Many are unconvinced. In , Nqobizitha Mhlaleri was ten years old when a bloody massacre in western Zimbabwe destroyed his community and left him an orphan. They left a trail of disaster. I was told to lie face down…The next thing were gunshots and they left. When I went to check, I saw my husband in a pool of blood.

He had been shot in the head. The Fifth Brigade, a military unit trained by the North Korean army, swept through provinces in Matebeleland and the Midlands, where ZAPU support — much of which came from the minority Ndebele people — derived. From to , security forces targeted thousands of Ndebele with torture, detention and summary execution. An estimated 20, people were killed.

A moment of madness? This period of violence effectively ended in December when former President Mugabe and Nkomo signed the Unity Accord. In the following months, an amnesty was announced for both security forces and dissidents who had committed violations.

The Gukurahundi massacres ended but the underlying issues and impact of the chaos remained unresolved and unaddressed. Many Ndebele communities were left devastated and alone to cope with the trauma and loss, passing on the pain from generation to generation. There are still mass graves. There was never any compensation of victims. Beyond that, little has been done to atone for the widespread violence. Many Ndebele still suffer from the wounds of the Gukurahundi, which were made even harder to bear when Mugabe was removed from office and replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa in November He is widely believed to have played a central role in the massacres.

Perence Shiri is Agriculture Minister. In March , for instance, he agreed to meet with representatives of the Matebeleleland Collective, a consortium of regional civil society organisations. For Jenny Williams, convener of the collective, the time was right to meet with the new government.

That decision may have borne some fruit. In the weeks following the meeting, Mnangagwa appealed to Zimbabweans to talk freely about the massacres. The government also suggested plans to exhume and rebury victims, provide counselling and medical services, and issue documents to displaced survivors.

These moves have so far split opinion. Dr Dumisani Ngwenya, a member of the Matebeleleland Collective, is cautiously optimistic. For survivors like Nqobizitha, the lack of redress has made it hard to move on. He and thousands of others are still awaiting acknowledgement from the government, an apology and meaningful compensation.

Either way, for many, the Gukurahundi massacres continue to loom over Zimbabwe 36 years after they began. But on the other, some argue that the issue is about more than just one group; it strikes at the heart of the kind of nation Zimbabwe should be.

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Mzilikazi carved out a territory for himself by fighting and dispossessing the local Shona, and this humiliation has not been forgotten by the Shona. When Rhodesia became Zimbabwe in , following the Lancaster House Agreement , the two armies so distrusted each other that it was difficult to integrate them both into the National Army. The first of these was in November , followed by a more serious incident in early ZAPU was supporting a new dissident war to improve its position in Zimbabwe. Quoted in part: The documents point to internal killings neither provoked nor sustained by outsiders, suggesting that the atrocities were driven from the top by Zanu-PF in pursuit of specific political objectives. Viewed across a period of several years, the documents appear to provide evidence that the massacres were but one component of a sustained and strategic effort to remove all political opposition within five years of independence. Zanu-PF leaders were determined to secure a "victory" against a non-existent opposition in elections scheduled for , after which there would be a "mandate" from the people to impose a one-party state.

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Jul 8, 27, Over the following two years, thousands of Ndebele were detained by government forces and either marched to reeducation camps or summarily executed. Although there are different estimates, the consensus of the International Association of Genocide Scholars is that more than 20, people were killed. Though these groups had a common origin they gradually grew apart, with the split away group, ZANU, recruiting mainly from the Shona regions, while ZAPU recruited mainly from Ndebele-speaking regions in the west. There is a much earlier source for Shona hostility to the Ndebele, going back to the arrival in of Mzilikazi and his Matabele followers.

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Many are unconvinced. In , Nqobizitha Mhlaleri was ten years old when a bloody massacre in western Zimbabwe destroyed his community and left him an orphan. They left a trail of disaster. I was told to lie face down…The next thing were gunshots and they left. When I went to check, I saw my husband in a pool of blood.

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