History Monday: Gukurahundi – The Villages Part 1

Hi, this is from Nehanda Radio.

A summary of events specifically in Nyamandlovu/Tsholotsho), as revealed by The Chronicle, Bulawayo’s daily newspaper, is given here. This tends to highlight dissident activity, and is a useful counterpoint to data from other sources.



The second outburst of fighting between ZIPRA and ZANLA forces spills over into Nyamandlovu, where army units loyal to the Government intercept columns of ZIPRA troops heading for Bulawayo from Gwayi in the north.


Two people are shot dead near Khami, and a third is injured, by “armed men”.


17 MAY

A Nyamandlovu farmer is ambushed by dissidents and sustains a gun-shot wound. Two days later a lorry driver is shot and killed near Godzo, in Tsholotsho. In the same month, a farmer’s wife drives through a dissident ambush but is not injured.


Dissidents rob a bus, a beer garden and 4 stores in Nyamandlovu. They also burn out 2 resettled villages in Nyamandlovu, leaving 75 families homeless. “One woman” is also killed.


The manager of Grant’s Sawmills, Nyamandlovu, is shot at by dissidents – no injury.

13 JUL

A police auxiliary constable is shot and injured at Hillmiles store.

23 JUL

A local farmer drives through an ambush at the 76 km peg on the Victoria Falls road (in Nyamandlovu), does not stop and sustains no injury – perpetrators, dissidents.

23 JUL

Six foreign tourists stop when ambushed at the 76 km peg on the Bulawayo Victoria Falls road, in Nyamandlovu, and are abducted.


Mine-workers are shot dead 20 km north of Bulawayo. 7 off-duty soldiers are lined up against a wall in Ngoma beerhall, Nyamandlovu, and are bayonetted: 5 die and 8 are wounded – by dissidents. Three buses are robbed, and so are “stores”, all in Nyamandlovu.


2 Swiss tourists witness a shoot out between security forces and dissidents, 90 km north of Bulawayo.

A curfew is imposed on Northern Matabeleland, banning buses and private vehicles in the communal areas, and banning reporters.


Dissidents rob a bus in Nyamandlovu.


There are several incidents involving dissidents. In Tsholotsho, Z$2 million of Government equipment is destroyed. In Nyamandlovu, 6 people including 2 children are shot dead in a farm ambush, on 31 December. One unnamed villager and 2 named villagers are also reported murdered by dissidents in Nyamandlovu.


1. Nehanda Radio (2012) ‘Gukurahundi Massacres: Village by Village Summary (Part 8)’

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