THE international community abandoned Ndebele people in Zimbabwe in the 1980s, particularly Britain and United States they kept quiet and remained indifferent when thousands of Ndebele people were being liquidated by Zimbabwe government soldiers.
THERE was a time when human rights were said to be a Western concept that put emphasis on the individual at the expense of the community and the social environment and as such was not applicable to, or had no meaning in Africa.
THE gross human rights abuses in Matabeleland were committed soon after attainment of independence from Britain in 1980.
IN June 1999, President Robert Mugabe was widely quoted in the local and international press and by the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs as saying: “Zimbabweans would have to groom his successor as he had no intention of creating a dynasty.”
THE voice of reason is gone, abruptly silenced at the most critical time.