Moyo calls for fresh Gukurahundi probe

The Speaker of Parliament, Lovemore Moyo, on Friday said there should be a fresh probe into the 1980s Gukurahundi massacres.

Lovemore Moyo
Lovemore Moyo

In January 1984, the Simplicius Chihambakwe Commission of Inquiry was tasked with investigating the atrocities, but its findings were never made public by the Zanu (PF) government.

“The previous investigations were not properly handled by the former government,” said Moyo.

“The results of the findings would be made public and the nation should know who killed people during Gukurahundi and for what reasons,” he said.

During the deadly Gukurahundi operation conducted by the North Korean trained Fifth Brigade, at least 20 000 innocent civilians were killed, some were buried alive while others had body parts bayoneted in acts similar to acts in sadistic movies. The Fifth Brigade then was headed by Air Marshall Perence Shiri; Emerson Mnangagwa was State Security Minister while Enos Nkala was Defence Minister.

The Washington DC-based Genocide Watch last year called for prosecution of Mugabe and his allies for genocide and crimes against humanity for the Gukurahundi massacres.

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