Guruve double murder: Government’s silence irks farmers

via Guruve double murder: Government’s silence irks farmers May 27, 2014 by Nduduzo Tshuma NewsDay

THE Commercial Farmers’ Union of Zimbabwe (CFUZ) has said it is troubled by the government’s silence over the killing of Guruve farmer Malcolm Francis and his daughter Catherine by unknown assailants on their farm.

The two were attacked while taking a walk at their farm and found unconscious by a family member who rushed them to hospital on May 10.

Catherine died two weeks ago while Malcolm passed away a week later.

“We condemn this cowardly attack on an elderly man and a young woman and its barbaric brutality in the strongest of terms and find these actions wholly unacceptable to us as a civilised nation,” CFUZ said in a statement over the weekend.

“In addition, we are greatly troubled by the total silence from our authorities, as well as our leaders, around this event so much that we are left wondering if this crime was not sanctioned or condoned by some higher office.

“We most sincerely hope that this is not the case and that the relevant authorities such as the police force as well as others will leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of justice.”

CFUZ said there were many other unresolved murders and atrocities committed over the last 14 years during the land reform exercise.

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    Petal 8 years ago

    CFU should realise by now that these cold blooded murderers in Authority do not give a damn because they are the ones behind all this. CFU should take the matter up with organisations like Amnesty International

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    How can you expect the murderer to investigate himself?

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    Brian 8 years ago

    Has there even been one arrest ( let alone a conviction) for the murder of a farmer in the last 12 years ?? What a disgrace and to think the ZRP have the gall to say they are the custodians and enforcers of law and order in this country.

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    Expat 8 years ago

    As most Zimbabweans will know, the ZRP are only good for harassment of motorist’s for trivial traffic infractions!collecting their daily income for their efforts. if there is no money involved highly unlikely that they will do anything. Besides this crime has been ordered from a higher office!!! My Apologies to those Police officers that know something should be done but are out ranked and have no authority to do what they know needs to be done.

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    Those in the police who know they are doing the work of an evil master should resign.
    That would be the beginning of the end for ZANU.

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    jobolinko 8 years ago

    The killers have the government blessing, up to now no one has been arrested, when one policeman was killed up to 40 to 50 people were arrested in no time, and you think this is an elected government i urge the west to think again about engaging with zanu when there is no rule of law in the country.

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    Straight Shooter 8 years ago

    This is a gukurahundi government, please understand. They will never care for anyone, even if a million people died.

    They actually struggle to understand why governments like the South African govt and American governments worry themselves so much when their citizens get into trouble abroad.

    Ever heard the Zim govt warning Zimbabweans against visiting this or that region around the world?

    Which Zim embassy abroad has ever bothered about the plight of Zims or even those who die in foreign lands?

    If ever people have never seen Satan walking on two feet on planet earth – we have them aplenty in the Gukurahundi government of Zimbabwe. I have never known of such cruel people. These people are heartless, I must add!

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    Zimbali 8 years ago

    A very sad story indeed but spare a thought for the +- 4,000 farmers “murdered” in South Africa and not even one perpetrator being brought to book or being convicted.

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    machakachaka 8 years ago

    It is sad to have people being murdered, but when someone gets murdered in Kuwadzana or Chikombedzi, I dont see the same amount of concern raised by commentators. The government has not been urged to comment on the murder of a widely publicised murder in my own rural village. Why is it suddenly so urgent for it to issue a statement for these two particular murders. People should be fair and express such disgruntlement in every murder case they come to know about, not only when they know that this particular murder will attract reading from outside the continent. Zimabweans are Zimbabweans, black or white. If people are concerned about the death of people, why is it less painful when the victims are of a particular colour?

    I pray for the bringing to book the culprits, and pray for strength for the family and friends of the victims of ALL murders committed.

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      Straight Shooter 8 years ago

      machakachaka
      Equally so – many of you have stayed mum on the gukurahundi massacres of the innocent Mthwakazi villagers; and have even discouraged the debates and discussion around this issue. It cuts both ways – so whats the big deal??

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    Zimbali 8 years ago

    machakachaka

    I agree with you and the sentiments of straight shooter. All murders are abhorrent and should be given the same press coverage. Sadly the deafening silence from government on all fronts is pitiful let alone the attempts (or lack of) by the authorities to apprehend the culprits.

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    Straight shooter,
    You are so full of hate for the masvina you cannot see beyond your nose.
    Machakachaka has just said ZANU murders anyone it doesn’t like, mundex, musvina, or muvhet, it don’t mater.

    Ghukurahundu is a black mark on our nation and those who perpetrated the atrocities deserve to be punished, i.e. ZANU.
    When we get an administration for the people, those in ZANU will not sleep happy, together with those in ZAPU who started an ethnic cleansing of the masvina just prior to ghukurahundi.

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      Straight Shooter 8 years ago

      Ngoto Zimbwa
      Then why discourage debates or discussions on gukurahundi in public fora like these. It has become an untouchable subject for some, why?

      Some even bring up the 1800 tribal wars as soon as gukurahundi issue is raised – where is the connection, given that ZANU PF, the guilty party in all this is simply a political party not a whole tribe or a whole community?

      When you attempt to discuss this subject, you are immediately told you are being tribalistic and you want to divide the people – what nonsense is that??

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    Felixstowe 8 years ago

    This murder and others are barbaric .Mugabe and co. Should hold their heads in shame for not doing anything to stop this or to even find those responsible .This murderous evil is not acceptable in the civilised world. Lets hope those at the Vatican and others see the threads of evil which go right to the top and pray they are broken so all people can walk in peace and love with one another without fear or distrust. There can never be any justifiable reason to murder. Especially such a barbaric one. Let’s hope and pray that law and order returns to Zimbabwe one day soon to bring truth and Justice and peace to all its people.

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    One reason why Bob will never retire and intends to die in office is because he knows that as soon as he ceases to be head of state he can be tried for his crimes at the international court.

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    Evil is evil , nothing is justifiable in all this evil, barbaric murders thing, remember that time will catch up with all responsible sooner or later, take heed God is not blind or deaf like these satanic vessels of doom