Calls to release findings into Zimbabwean massacres
Publish date: 12 January 2018
Issue Number: 4376
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Activists have approached the Bulawayo High Court to compel former President Robert Mugabe and incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa to release the findings of the commission of inquiry into the Gukurahundi atrocities. Legalbrief reports that Gukurahundi was a series of massacres of Ndebele civilians carried out by the Zimbabwe National Army from 1983 to 1987. The consensus of the International Association of Genocide Scholars is that more than 20 000 people were killed. New Zimbabwe reports that the activists also want the British government to release all the classified reports on the 1980s killings. Vice-President Kembo Mohadi and British Prime Minister Theresa May were also cited as the third and fourth respondents, respectively. Mohadi was recently appointed to head Zimbabwe’s National Peace and Reconciliation Ministry. Mugabe launched an inquiry in 1983 to investigate the massacre. However, the findings of the inquiry chaired by Justice Simplius Chihambakwe were never released.