ingozi, on 13 April 2012 - 07:54 PM, said:
First things first gukurahundi was indeed about dissidents who at first were killing white farmers then turned on blacks i remember i had a friend called Jabu in high school and we would always tease him saying he is the only one that can pass through a dissident roadblock coz he'll just say ibizo lami nguJabu and show his ID and pass..They did set up check points and also killed civilians.
This Jabu friend always used to say he didn't understand why dissidents chose to operate in their own area meaning killing their own people
i didn't say that dissidents didn't killed people, they did kill. and that is bad.
But i am saying that is not the reason Why Mugabe sent the 5th brigade, he sent the 5th brigade to crash Zapu support.He just used the 100 or so dissidents as a reason to send the 5,000 soldiers
if 5th brigade was really fighting a anti insurgency campaign, they would have needed to win the "heats and minds" of the local Ndebele people, but instead they killed more than 10,000 of them and raped and beat up even more. they instilled fear into the people.
The british army was fighting a anti insurgency campaign in northern ireland for 38 years and they killed 360 civilian.
while the 5th brigade was in Matebeleland for 4 years and they killed more than 10,000 and raped even more.