Zimbabwean journalist and founder of one of Bulawayo’s leading online portal Centre For Innovation and Technology (CITE) Zenzele Ndebele will on September 29 launch his latest documentary titled Gukurahundi Genocide 36 Years Later.
Ndebele made the announcement this morning across his social media accounts before Intwasa Arts Festival Director Raisedon Baya also shared the same information.
Zenzele Ndebele who is also a human rights activist started actively talking about the genocide in 2006 before launching a documentary “Gukurahundi the moment of madness” in 2008 which was graced by the late MDC – T leader Morgan Tsvangirai who was the guest of honor. The documentary which featured voices of victims of the genocide, historians and some of the ZIPRA members.
From January 1983, a campaign of terror was waged against the Ndebele people in Matabeleland in western Zimbabwe. The massacres remain as the darkest period in the country’s post-independence history, when more than 20,000 civilians were killed by Robert Mugabe’s feared Fifth Brigade.
Intwasa Arts Festival KoBulawayo is a annual arts and culture gathering and is hosted on the last week of September. This year the festival runs under the theme “realities and experiences” and will also feature a theatre play 1983-The Dark Years a production that will also tackle the issue around the genocide.
Intwasa Arts Festival will start on September 25 with a theatre production by award winning dance company Umkhathi Theatre Works with a production titled Bloom Bloom and will be shut down on September 29 with Skyz Metro FM’s Umcimbi Wabantu which will be a celebration of the commercial radio station’s second anniversary.