Push for Mugabe's arrest over Gukurahundi

Push for Mugabe's arrest over Gukurahundi
Published: 13 February 2018 (400 Views)
MDC Matabeleland South provincial chairperson Pilate Ndebele yesterday threatened a solo protest against police for allegedly refusing to charge former President Robert Mugabe over his involvement in the Gukurahundi atrocities.

Ndebele claimed officials at Bulawayo Central Police Station last week refused to open a docket against Mugabe over the 1980s mass killings.

He said they referred him to western region prosecutor-general Martha Cheda.

"I wanted to open a docket against Mugabe to cause his arrest over the Gukurahundi massacres, but the police officers said they had no powers to take up the case. I insisted that they open a docket and they also insisted that their hands were tied," he said.

"They also asked if I had any evidence about Mugabe's involvement in Gukurahundi, and I told them other than the several mass graves in Matabeleland, his admission that it was a moment of madness was evidence enough," Ndebele told Southern Eye.

This is despite that Mugabe is immune to prosecution.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango yesterday professed ignorance over the matter.

"I will make a follow-up and get back to you," she said.

Ndebele is among several activists that have been piling pressure on government to deal with the Gukurahundi massacres that left over 20 000 civilians dead, according to a report by the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently signed into law the National Peace and Reconciliation Bill to deal with the issue, among other past human rights violations.

Mnangagwa has also been sued by pressure groups to force him to release the Chihambakwe report that contains findings of a commission of inquiry into the disturbances.

Mnangagwa recently revealed that traditional leaders will be dealing with Gukurahundi to find lasting closure to it, but Ndebele said he wanted Mugabe's arrest.

"I have not yet been to the office of the Prosecutor-General, but I will be going back to the police to file a docket against Mugabe over Gukurahundi. Having Mugabe arrested is one way of finding closure to the issue. I will hold a solo demonstration if they refuse again to open a docket against the former President," Ndebele said.



- newsday

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Trump cancels meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

by Staff reprter | 24 May 2018 | 66 Views

How new teachers in Zimbabwe learn to do their jobs

by Nhlanhla Mpofu, Sol Plaatje University and Lizette J de Jager, University of Pretoria | 24 May 2018 | 53 Views

Mnangagwa's 18 children

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 103 Views

Mnangagwa will shoot to stay in power say Hungwe

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 99 Views

Reprieve for Mugabe 'robber'

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 59 Views

Undenge alleges political persecution

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 49 Views

Mujuru, step children fight takes a new twist

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 50 Views

Chamisa comes under fire

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 62 Views

Fuel shortages persist

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 44 Views

Top cops fingered in smuggling

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 40 Views

Mnangagwa lauded for not forcing people to rally

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 52 Views

Mugabe keeps Zimbabweans MPs guessing

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 35 Views

Africa Day: internet freedoms, a way to democracy

by Patience Sibanda | 24 May 2018 | 40 Views

Duchess Meghan is pregnant?

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 52 Views

MDC-T orders primary election rerun.. Zanu-PF disease

by A Mhlongo | 24 May 2018 | 41 Views

Obiang Nguema jets in

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 50 Views

Mugabe warnes by lawmakers

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 69 Views

Tips for improving your kitchen

by Staff Reporter | 24 May 2018 | 45 Views

Mnangagwa's unit an attack on prosecutorial independence

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 38 Views

Chiefs seek peace order against Obert Mpofu

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 42 Views

Moving away from the death penalty in Zimbabwe - has the time come for change?

by Parvais Jabbar and Val Ingham-Thorpe | 24 May 2018 | 35 Views

70% of Zimbabwe's DNA test results NEGATIVE

by Staff reporetr | 24 May 2018 | 62 Views

Stabbed by ex-wife's boyfriend

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 49 Views

Mnangagwa's office exonerates Undenge

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 202 Views

Local company to print ballot papers

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 211 Views

Mnangagwa's anti-corruption charade unravels

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 84 Views

EU offers fund to audit Zim's first biometric voters' roll

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 83 Views

Mukupe in more trouble

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 229 Views

Petina Gappah targets Mukupe in smear campaign?

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 245 Views

Mnangagwa bows to Chinese pressure

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 181 Views

Mining speculators invade Zimbabwe's Great Dyke

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 84 Views

Woman discovers hubby's lover is HIV+, takes poison

by Simbarashe Sithole | 24 May 2018 | 89 Views

Attack on Khupe is criminal - Mwonzora

by Stephen Jakes | 24 May 2018 | 223 Views

NRZ's $400m mega deal equipment incompatible

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 144 Views