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Enos Nkala Wanted to Reveal Zanu's Deep Hatred for Nkomo

President Robert Mugabe and Enos Nkala
President Robert Mugabe and Enos Nkala

Dumiso Gilbert Matshazi, who was supposed to compile the late cabinet minister Enos Nkala’s memoirs after his death, says it was going to be hard for him to defend some contents of the project.

Matshazi, who abandoned writing a book about the late controversial politician, says Nkala wanted to reveal how Zanu was formed at his house after some Zapu members wanted to eliminate then leader Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo.

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The late Nkala denied over the years that he was linked with the Five Brigade atrocities of the 1980s, which left thousands of people killed and maimed in Matabeleland and the Midlands provinces.

Zanu and Zapu signed a Unity Accord in 1987 which ended the atrocities after an amnesty was declared for dissidents that operated in some parts of the south-western region of the country.

President Robert Mugabe once denounced the killings directly linked to his government saying they were an act of madness.

A ministerial committee, led by then Vice President John Landa Nkomo, was set up in the 1990s to look into ways of bringing closure to relatives of the victims.

Nothing came out of the deliberations as people in Matabeleland and the Midlands provinces continue to be haunted by the killings perpetrated by the North-Korean trained national army crack unit.