Ex-VP Mujuru Says Has Seen Horrifying Zanu-PF Inflicted Wounds
Ex-VP Mujuru Says Has Seen Horrifying Zanu-PF Inflicted Wounds During Her Meet the People Events
March 2, 2016 (All Africa Global Media) — FORMER Vice President and leader of the newly formed Zimbabwe People First (ZPF), Joice Mujuru, says she has met “horrifying” situations with people exhibiting wounds inflicted on them by Zanu PF activists in the past election periods.
President Robert Mugabe’s history of political violence dates back to the ceasefire period just before the 1980 elections which brought him to power. Soon after his ascendance Mugabe unleashed the North Korean-trained brigade on the civilian population which killed an estimated 20 000 people in the Matabeleland and Midlands provinces. The period has come to be known in Shona as Gukurahundi.
The veteran leader has not shown any remorse besides describing the Gukurahundi era as “a moment of madness”.
In 2008, the opposition MDC-T claimed that more than 200 of its supporters were maimed by Zanu PF and further reported that thousands more fled their homes after being attacked by the state sponsored militia.
The Morgan Tsvangirai led party was to compile a dossier which named both the victims and perpetrators of the political violence and submitted it to the police chief, Augustine Chihuri, who refused to investigate.
“Through our meet the people events, I have met horrifying situations where people have been showing me scars which have been inflicted over the years and up to now no medical attention has been given to those in order to heal the wounds,” Mujuru told diplomats, Journalists, Church leaders and members of the civil society who were attending her maiden media briefing to announce her ZPF project in Harare Tuesday.
Mujuru, who was part of Mugabe’s government when these human rights violence where perpetrated on opposition party supporters, said the victims she met were genuine citizens who were persecuted for expressing their views and for exercising their rights.
“Whenever we gather for these meetings we start by a prayer and a real one, and we tell people to take an oath before they give their testimonies,” she said before promising to attend to the victims of political violence when they become a government.
“At the moment we have one thing and one thing first that is of working out a united force to build Zimbabwe and everything else becomes second.”
Mujuru told the press conference that there was not even a single incident or event which anybody could refer to during which she instigated violence or incited hate speech during her spell in Mugabe’s government. She said she was neither a “witch” nor an “assassin”.