Private Eye on Britain’s Covert Aid to Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa and His Atrocities in the 1980s

This is another revelation of British dirty tricks and covert operations against our former colonies.

In this fortnight’s Private Eye for 13th-28th July 2018, the article ‘Letter from Harare’ on page 20 discusses a new book by the historian Stuart Doran, Kingdom, Power, Glory. The article begins by describing how absolutely packed Meikles Hotel in Harare is with the world’s press and other observers coming to Zimbabwe for the inauguration of new president Emmerson Mnangagwe, who succeeds Robert Mugabe after the old thug was overthrown.

Mnangagwe’s spin-doctor, George Charamba, has persuaded the local press to call the new president ‘the Crocodile’, and its connotations of guile, strength and longevity. The Eye states that it would have been more appropriate to call him ‘the Butcher of Bulawayo’ after his subjugation of Matabeleland for his master, Robert Mugabe, during the fighting in the 1980s, in which 20,000 Ndebele and other opponents of the regime in the area were massacred.

Doran has based his book on files and interviews with the agents of Zimbabwe’s Central Intelligence Organisation. This book shows that Britain had a very close relationship with the local spooks and had ‘an inkling’ about the horrors that were being perpetrated by Mugabe’s forces against the Ndebele and other opposition groups at the time. However, they failed to alert the rest of the globe. The article also states that it wasn’t very long before they forgot and forgave Mugabe for the terror and atrocities. He was invited to make a state visit in 1994 at which he was given an honorary knighthood. Which has since been rescinded.

The new president of Zimbabwe, Mnangagwe, was Mugabe’s ‘point man’ in the carnage nearly 30 years ago. The Eye quotes Doran’s book as saying that “Mnangagwe had from the beginning [of the Matabeleland slaughter] played a key role in the campaign against [rival party] Zapu and Zipra [Zapu’s guerilla army]from his chairmanship of the Joint High Command, through to the provocation of the Entumbane conflagration [when the two guerilla armies clashed] … with others he provided the day-to-day bridge between the political leadership and the killers in the security services.”

This makes sense, and shows that there is a lot about this period in Zimbabwe which is being covered up. In the 1990s and early part of this century I used to do voluntary work for the former Empire and Commonwealth Museum in Bristol. One of my co-workers was a British man, who moved to Rhodesia and become active in the opposition against the Colour Bar and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. He was genuinely anti-racist, and no friend of tyrants and thugs.

But in the first few years of this century, when Mugabe’s thugs were turning against the White farmers, he’d been down to the Public Record Office in Kew to access the archives on Zimbabwe from the 1980s. He hadn’t been able to. He’d been told that they were out. Or missing. He found this very suspicious, and wondered what was going on.

I’ve also read elsewhere that Mugabe was right when he claimed that the money Britain had promised his regime to purchase White-owned farmed had not in fact been paid. Not that this excuses for one single moment the brutality unleashed against the country’s White minority, or any of the other ethnic groups Mugabe’s thugs have beaten and killed.

There’s something very shady about Britain’s relationship with Mugabe and his butchers, something we’re still not being told here in Britain. The Eye’s review of Doran’s book comes after Robin Ramsay’s review of Rory Cormac’s history of British conspiracies against her former subject nations in Lobster, and supports that book’s central argument and that of the Left about covert operations and dirty tricks in these countries by the British secret state.

One Response to “Private Eye on Britain’s Covert Aid to Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa and His Atrocities in the 1980s”

  1. Jeffrey davies Says:

    Ah the British government hay they all need that march through traitors gate jeff3

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