Gukurahundi witness

Moses Tshimukeni Mahlangu

AFTER reading Jonathan Maphenduka’s article on Gukurahundi genocide in the Southern Eye of February 26 2015 I felt vindicated.

I found a witness from the audience. As alluded to in my last article Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko, as a security man was trained not to divulge unsolicited information.

What makes Maphenduka’s article even more credible is his vast experience in journalism, as former editor of one of the government dailies.

He finds fault with two scenarios, one that Mphoko failed to name the conspirators.

Secondly, the reporter who interviewed him did not ask the right questions.

In any research, researchers will concur that misdirected or wrong questions fail to ventilate into the darkness that the researcher attempts to bring to light.

According to Maphenduka, Zimbabwe’s government entered into an agreement where Britain seconded 100 military experts. There was an undisclosed number of North Korean army experts. In line with the scheme of things, whenever Gukurahundi is mentioned, the North Koreans are associated with Gukurahundi training.

Britain, smartly covered their involvement in this barbaric episode. Indeed the conspirators in the Gukurahundi genocide were Britain, North Korea and the Zimbabwe government.

The reporting style of our scribes leaves a lot to be desired. By the tone of language you can tell who the reporter is to talk about, even before the names are mentioned.

A good example: One of the dailies referred to Bongani Mafu as a bully coach. Another daily reported that Welshman Ncube was clamouring for a United Democratic Movement for Change, yet another captured Bulawayo as a city of drunkards. Generally there is a derogatory tone when commenting about people hailing from a certain region.

It would appear this onslaught on other people’s self esteem is slowly, yet truly paying some dividend for the perpetrators.

The late Gibson Sibanda gave the presidency of MDC to Morgan Tsvangirai based on the wrong perception that he belonged to a minority and, therefore, would not muster the necessary support from populous tribes.

When Ncube broke away from MDC, the few who had moved away with him quickly returned to MDC-T, the same happened to Dumiso Dabengwa. Surprisingly, the MDC-Renewal team seems to be getting the thumbs up.

Accusations levelled against Morgan Tsvangirai are still the same as those raised in 2005. The only difference now is that the agenda is being pushed by the so-called right people.

The brain wash has been so real that most people can’t see anything acceptable from people off the southern region. The only thing that southerners are admired for is their loyalty and steadfastness.

I still maintain my argument, read Mphoko’s line of thinking. Listen carefully to Jonathan Moyo and Jabulani Sibanda without any form of bias and you will get the import of their seeming proverbial sayings.

Time has come for Zimbabweans to accept each other based on merit and not tribal or other subjective issues.

Imagine if from independence we had tapped from the diversified talents that this country has?

Corruption wouldn’t have reached this crescendo as there would have been checks and balances.

Unfortunately corruption was and continues to be protected. The only corrupt or people bent on destabilising the government seem to come from those that oppose the government.

Talent and expertise has been banished to foreign lands and to the graves, without benefiting our motherland.

Is it sin to think differently, have beliefs that vary with the current status qou or the government of the day?

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