‘What two crucial issues The Republic of Zimbabwe President In-waiting Nelson Chamisa’ should include in his first 90 day programme of action

The Gukurahundi (Shona“the early rain which washes away the chaff before the spring rains” was a series of massacres of Ndebele civilians carried out by the Zimbabwe National Army from early 1983 to late 1987. It derives from a Shona language term which loosely translates to “the early rain which washes away the chaff before the spring rains”.

MDC – T President Nelson Chamisa, Zanu-PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa

During the Rhodesian Bush War two rival nationalist parties, Robert Mugabe‘s Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) and Joshua Nkomo‘s Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU), had emerged to challenge Rhodesia‘s predominantly white government. ZANU initially defined Gukurahundi as an ideological strategy aimed at carrying the war into major settlements and individual homesteads. Following Mugabe’s ascension to power, his government remained threatened by “dissidents” – disgruntled former guerrillas and supporters of ZAPU.

Zanu-PF fighters pictured in 1980. )Photograph: Brian Harris//Rex

ZANU recruited mainly from the majority Shona people, whereas the ZAPU had its greatest support among the minority Ndebele. In early 1983, the North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade began a crackdown on dissidents in Matabeleland North, one of the homelands of the Ndebele.

In January 1983 Robert Mugabe’s government launched a massive security clampdown in Matabeleland

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 20,000 people were killed.

Itai Dzamara is a Zimbabwean journalist and political activist known in Zimbabwe mostly for his Occupy Africa Unity Square campaign against the then government of former President Robert Mugabe.

itai dzamara
Heal Zimbabwe is gravely worried over the continued silence by Government over the missing of pro-democracy activist, Itai Dzamara. This is despite promises 

He became famous through his hand-delivered petition to the President of Zimbabwe and the ‘Occupy’ he began soon after. On the morning of 9 March 2015, Dzamara was abducted by five unidentified men while at a barber shop in Harare’s Glenview suburb.

On 30 May 2016, Dzamara’s brother Patson Dzamara revealed at a press conference that Itai Dzamara had been abducted by military intelligence. He also released a picture showing Itai Dzamara in captivity which he said he’d been given by insiders of the military intelligence.

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