History Monday: Gukurahundi – The Villages Part 2

Hi, this is from Nehanda Radio and a continuation from last History Monday

1983 6 JAN

The Government agrees to allow farmers to re-arm, to protect themselves against dissidents. They had all surrendered their weapons at Independence.

26 JAN

Stringent curfew regulations are introduced: at the same time, 5 Brigade is deployed into the region, and begins to work its way northwards, through Tsholotsho, into Lupane and Nkayi.


An elderly commercial farming couple and their 2 young grand-daughters are brutally beaten and then shot by dissidents on their farm in Nyamandlovu.


The curfew is lifted. There are repeated ZANU-PF rallies in Matabeleland in February, March and April at which people are warned not to support PF ZAPU, and dissidents are paraded, declaring their PF-ZAPU allegiance. More than 20 000 PF-ZAPU supporters surrender their cards and join ZANU-PF.


A forestry commission ranger is murdered and another abducted by dissidents in Chesa Forest Area, Nyamandlovu.

JUN 30

Youths in Nyamandlovu are reported abducted by dissidents, and are rescued.


Men are reported murdered by dissidents in Nyamandlovu.


JUN 20 dissidents kill one person and beat others, in Tsholotsho


An unnamed boy is reported as being killed by dissidents, another as kidnapped, while unnamed, unnumbered “workers” are beaten and property burnt, in Nyamandlovu.


Inquest into the murder in Feb 1983 of 2 men and 2 women, whose car was stopped on the Bulawayo – Victoria Falls road by four 5 Brigade soldiers. The inquest finds them reponsible for “exceedingly cruel” murder. (LCFHR p 40)


Jini Ntuta, ZAPU MP, is reported murdered by dissidents. Other sources later attribute his murder to CIO (LCFHR, BLPC interview).

1985 MAR

One woman is reported murdered and 9 injured, by dissidents


Dissidents burn a bus in Nyamandlovu.


Dissidents burn out a school complex, and kill one person, in Nyamandlovu.


A commercial farming couple and their foreman are shot and killed by dissidents. Dissidents also kill 3 villagers and 4 Zanu-PF party officials in Tsholotsho.

1986 There are no press reported incidents involving dissidents/armed men/ bandits specifically designated as occurring anywhere in Matabeleland North, including Nyamandlovu, in 1986.



2 German tourists are shot and killed in Nyamandlovu, by dissidents


A Nyamandlovu farmer on his way to a cattle sale is shot dead with his militia man, by dissidents.



1988 EARLY

Amnesty is announced for dissidents, and then for security forces. A total of 122 dissidents surrender.


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

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