In January 1984, the Simplicius Chihambakwe Commission of Inquiry was tasked to investigate the Gukurahundi atrocities, but its findings were never made public after Zanu (PF) government blocked it.
“As a new government we have to set up a new committee to conduct fresh probes on the Gukurahundi massacres not the previous investigations which were not properly handled by the former government,” Moyo who is also the MDC-T Chairman told Radio VOP.
Moyo said the findings by the new committee would be made public and not to be hidden like what happened with the Chihambakwe Commission report
“The results of the findings would be made public and the nation should know who killed people during Gukurahundi and for what reasons,” he said.
During the deadly Gukurahundi operation conducted by the North Korean trained Fifth Brigade, at least 20 000 innocent civilians were killed, some were buried alive while others had body parts bayoneted in acts similar to acts in sadistic movies. The Fifth Brigade then was headed by Air Marshall Perence Shiri; Emerson Mnangagwa was State Security Minister while Enos Nkala was Defense Minister.
Government then claimed that they wanted to deal with Zapu dissidents claiming they were planning an insurgence. Mugabe has refused to apologise for the massacres only saying it was “moment of madness.”
The Washington DC-based Genocide Watch last year called for prosecution of Mugabe and his allies for genocide and crimes against humanity for the Gukurahundi massacres. Genocide Watch president Gregory Stanton called for the establishment of a mixed UN- Zimbabwean Tribunal to put Mugabe and his army generals for crimes against humanity and genocide.