Zanu PF behind tribal hatred and racial divisions in Zimbabwe: US
A report by the United States Department of State accuses Zanu PF of fanning tribal tensions between the Shona and Ndebele groups. The report also accuses the ruling party leaders of fanning hatred against whites and minority groups such as gays.
The report which is titled U.S. State Depart Minority Human Rights-Zimbabwe was released on Friday last week. Parts of the report read:
Zanu PF leaders often encouraged hatred of whites through public speeches and broadcasts. This created tension between Zanu PF supporters and whites. Historical tension between the Shona majority and the Ndebele minority resulted in marginalisation of the Ndebele by the Shona-dominated government.Feedback
…Approximately 20,000 persons were killed during the 1980s because of a government-sanctioned crackdown on persons believed to be insurgents in the Matabeleland and Midlands regions
…During the 2013 elections, the mainstream MDC-T often accused Welshman Ncube of the Movement for Democratic Change-Ncube (MDC-N) of campaigning on a tribal platform. In turn the smaller MDC-N complained of continued victimisation and neglect of the minority Ndebele by the Shona-dominated MDC-T and Zanu PF.
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According to the report, the Zimbabwean government has scapegoated the white minority group and western countries and blames them for the collapse of the economy.
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