“ANC weapons triggered Gukurahundi”
29 May 2012
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BULAWAYO (ZimEye) – AN ex-ZIPRA official has broken the silence on the 1982 discovered arms caches that led to the Gukurahundi massacres, saying the weapons belonged to South Africa’s ruling party African National Congress (ANC) military wing, Umkhonto Wesizwe (MK).
Former Zipra cadre Cetshwayo Sithole told Zapu youths at the party’s regional offices in Bulawayo, that Zapu couldn’t reveal that the arms belonged to MK because it would be “improper.”
“It’s true that we were keeping arms but they belonged to Umkhonto Wesizwe’s arms. When we surrendered our arms at Brady barracks, we couldn’t surrender MK’s arms as well. The truth must be known. We had kept the arms. Dumiso Dabengwa and Lookout Masuku just kept quiet about it in court,” he said.

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The then Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Robert Mugabe deployed the 5th Brigade in Matabeleland and Midlands in 1983 after claiming to have unearthed an arms cache in February 1982 at Zipra properties.
Matabeleland and Midlands were Ndebele speaking strongholds of Zapu, who had won a paltry 20 parliamentary seats in the country’s first democratic elections in 1980.
However a treason trial in 1982 involving Lookout Masuku, Dumiso Dabengwa and four others, built around the discovery of the arms cache, failed to prove a case against them and they were all released.
Dabengwa and Masuku were re-detained without trial for four years but Masuku died in prison.
Sithole continued:
“We (Zapu) need to be in parliament so that we can send to the Hague people who are guilty of Gukurahundi. We should first take power, starting with Bulawayo,” he said.(ZimEye, Zimbabwe)