The rule of law will be applied komgodoyi lingethuki, the only problem is that new laws will be introduced to protect the perpertrators of evil. Infact history will repeat itself
From the 1960s onwards, the people of Zimbabwe were involved in a civil war to get rid of the
colonial Government of Ian Smith. This civil war became more and more violent during the 1970s.
There was the Rhodesian army on one side, and the two armies of ZANLA and ZIPRA on the other
side. ZANLA was the armed wing of ZANU, the Zimbabwe African National Union, and ZIPRA was
the armed wing of ZAPU, the Zimbabwe African People's Union. Ordinary people living in rural areas
of Zimbabwe were the worst off during this war. They were caught in the middle of the conflict and
suffered in many ways. They were punished by the Rhodesians if they helped the freedom fighters,
and punished by the freedom fighters if they would not help them. Many of those who went to
training camps or refugee camps in Mozambique and Zambia were bombed by the Rhodesians.
Some things that happened in the 1970s made what happened after Independence much more
likely. In particular, certain laws were passed by the Rhodesian Front, which made it impossible for
Government officials to be punished for what they did, even if they murdered innocent people. The
Rhodesian Front and the Governments before them, passed many laws which severely limited most
people's rights to live where they chose, go to school, work, or express any freedom of thought or
movement. People in Rhodesia became used to a situation where the Government showed no
respect for their civil rights.
After Independence, these emergency powers remained in force right up until July 1990. The
Zimbabwean Government used them in the same way the Rhodesian Government did, to silence
political opponents. So the bad laws put in place by the Rhodesian Front made it easy for
Zimbabwe's ruling party, ZANU-PF, to deny ordinary people their basic rights whenever they so
chose.qouted from "Breaking the Silence,Building True Peace 1980-1988.
In 1988, after the Unity Accord had brought an end to violence, a second amnesty was announced in
Zimbabwe. This time those who were being saved from prosecution for crimes committed against
civilians were 5 Brigade, CIO, other army units and dissidents.
The very men who tortured people in the 1970s used the same methods to torture people again in
the 1980s. Both times they got away with it and were never punished. Some of these men still hold
senior positions in the Zimbabwean Government and armed forces.
So lets not expect much from imgodoyi leyi, history simply repeating itself.