Thursday, April 7, 2011

Politics clouds mass grave in Zimbabwe

The many atrocities committed by Moegoe-Gabe, since this scum-of-the-earth came to power in  the old Rhodesia in 1980, is ancient news. What I do not understand however, is how come this communist-lunatic has not been hanged yet, or why he is not behind bars yet for the terrible crimes against humanity he has so defiantly committed.

Ian Smith, the last white Prime Minister of Rhodesia, met Robert Mugabe, on Mugabe’s instructions, in April 1980 - the day after this madman took office as the first Prime Minister of the new Zimbabwe. Smith was quite surprised when Mugabe greeted him with a warm handshake and a broad smile, as the new Marxist leader had promised his people that, come liberation, he would have Smith publicly hanged in Harare's main square.

At that meeting, Mugabe told Smith he was acutely aware that he had inherited from his old adversaries, the whites, a jewel of a country, and he praised its superb infrastructure, its efficient modern economy, and promised to keep it that way.

After the meeting Smith rushed home in a state of excitement, and, over lunch, told his wife, Janet, that perhaps he had been wrong about a black government being incapable of running his beloved Rhodesia.

"Here's this chap, and he was speaking like a sophisticated, balanced, sensible man. I thought: if he practises what he preaches, then it will be fine. And for five or six months it was fine…"

What Smith didn’t realize at the time, was that - at that very moment he was shaking  Mugabe’s hand, the crazy black African was already plotting the destruction of another group of political enemies, the Matabele, and was soon to send Korean-trained troops into Matabeleland to conduct a campaign of torture and murder that has still to be fully exposed.

The first 106 North Korean instructors arrived in Zimbabwe in August 1981, and immediately began training what was to be known as Five Brigade, or Gukurahundi - Shona for "the rain which washes away the chaff before the spring rains". The military unit, whose main objective was to terrorise Matabeleland, was made up mostly of Shona-speaking recruits from Zanla. They wore distinctive uniforms with red berets, drove Korean-made vehicles, and were  armed to the teeth with AK-47s, and plenty of ammo. Incidentally, their Korean vehicles quickly fell to pieces in the rough Zimbabwe terrain.

Although the full extent of Mugabe’s atrocities will probably never come to light, it is estimated that between 10,000 and 20,000 civilians were murdered and as many again disfigured and tortured by Zimbabwe’s Korean-trained troops. – Source

Almost 16 years later, in May 1997, only three years after South Africa became democrazy, the first details of a shock report of Zimbabwe's government troops' atrocities in camp Bhalagwe and elsewhere started emerging. The shock findings were finally presented to Mugabe eight years later in March 2005.

Now bear in mind that the whole sordid business was investigated and drawn up in a report drafted by Zimbabwe's Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace – the same brood of vipers who helped get Mugabe into power! The detailed report was based on testimony gathered from more than 1000 people over a five-year period.

What do you think happened? --- Zimbabwe’s eight Catholic bishops backed off a pledge to release the report publicly, and in the end -- nothing came of the whole affair!  A copy of the report was, however, obtained by the Mail & Guardian. Click here to view the article - Nightmare of Mugabe's Matabele atrocities.

And now for the latest news…

Politics clouds mass grave in Zimbabwe
Apr 07 2011 10:33

Hundreds of bodies exhumed from a disused mine in Zimbabwe have turned into fodder for President Robert Mugabe's propaganda, despite the mystery over the skeletons that may have lain for decades.

Since early March, state television has shown Mugabe supporters pulling bones from the mine and hauling them off in plastic bags and old sacks.

The pictures also show the site being used to encourage people to sign a petition against the travel ban and asset freeze on Mugabe and his inner circle.

Mugabe's Zanu-PF party claims the remains are of victims of the 1970s liberation war against the white-minority Rhodesian regime led by Ian Smith, when an estimated 30 000 people died.

Others have cast doubt on that claim, saying the victims may have been killed by Zanu-PF forces during one of the many waves of repression that have swept Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.

The Fallen Heroes Trust, a previously obscure group aligned with Zanu-PF, says 640 bodies have been pulled out and thousands more could still lie in the mine near the northern town of Mount Darwin.

George Rutanhire, who heads the group, says the mass grave was known since the 1980s, but the remains were never exhumed.

"There were no resources, people had also not organised themselves to carry out the exhumations," he said in state media. "The reason why we are exhuming them now is because gold panners were now vandalising the mine shafts in search of gold so we had to take action."

But others in Zanu-PF say the grave was found only in 2001.

'Cheap political gain'
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Mugabe's partner in a shaky unity government, said on Wednesday that the grave could include victims of a 1980s army campaign that left 20 000 minority Ndebeles dead in a purge of Zanu-PF rivals, mainly in southern Matabeleland.

"We have recently witnessed the exhumation of dead bodies in one corner of the country for cheap political gain," Tsvangirai said at a memorial service for his party's activists killed during the bloody 2008 presidential election.

"There are graves in Matabeleland [and] the Midlands provinces," Tsvangirai said. "Innocent victims of a senseless and systematic genocide and we all wonder whether the current exhumations will spread to that corner of the country as well."

The Zimbabwe African Patriotic Union (Zapu), a small mainly Ndebele party, accuses Mugabe of using the grave as a ploy to remind people of his past as a liberation hero in the run-up to elections expected later this year.

"Zapu believes the exhumations have been engineered by Zanu-PF to stir emotions among the people for its own political mileage as we go towards elections," Zapu spokesperson Methuseli Moyo said. "We are in the process of organising a parallel process of exhuming the remains of our members to counter Zanu-PF's attempts to distort history."

Experts say it might now be impossible to correctly identify the bodies because professional forensics experts have not had access to the site.

"This is a crime scene and exhumations require professional forensic expertise to enable adequate identification, determination of cause of death and criminal investigations," said Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International's deputy director for Africa.

"If the Zimbabwe government does not have the capacity to undertake these exhumations properly, it must ask for international cooperation and assistance to ensure that forensic experts can undertake the exhumations." – AFP


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