|Enos Nkala says Mahachi was killed over DRC diamonds
By Lance Guma
30 July 2009
Controversial former Defence Minister Enos Nkala has claimed that his successor, the late Moven Mahachi was assassinated at the behest of Robert Mugabe because he opposed the looting of diamonds in the DRC. Mahachi died in May 2001 after his Range Rover vehicle collided with a small car along the Mutare to Nyanga road. In an interview with the Zimbabwe Times website at his home, Nkala said Mahachi was opposed to the illicit trade in diamonds from the DRC which involved senior government and army officials.
A United Nations report fingered current Defence Minister Emerson Mnangagwa and the late army General Vitalis Zvinavashe as some of the individuals involved in the plunder.
“Moven was an outsider in an exclusive club – the Committee of 26 – comprising politicians of Zezurus and Korekore origin. This committee of looters have controlled the army, the police, the CIO and appear to think that they went to war for self enrichment. To them Mahachi was an obstacle in their quest to amass wealth using the pretext of fighting a prolonged war to restore sovereignty in the DRC, just as they had done in Mozambique during the military campaign against Renamo. So he had to go,” Nkala told the website.
Nkala himself is no angel. He is blamed for turning his back on his ‘Ndebele’ people, and helping Mugabe during the time of the Gukurahundi Massacres. He was Home Affairs Minister and made use of the notorious Police Internal Security and Intelligence unit (PISI), a counterpart of the Central Intelligence Organisation. Scores of ZAPU supporters were terrorised and incarcerated under its operations. Nkala claims to have written a book chronicling all that has happened in ZANU PF since its formation, including the Gukurahundi Massacres and the assassinations of several high profile politicians using car accidents. He blames the death of liberation war heroes Josiah Tongogara and Herbert Chitepo and others on Mugabe.
As an insurance policy, Nkala claims to have sent the manuscript of the book abroad for safe keeping, and says the book will only be published when he dies. “The book opens a can of worms. Before its publication, I challenge people like Emerson Mnangagwa and Sydney Sekeramayi who have headed the Security and Defence Ministries, Robert Mugabe and me to a Truth and Reconciliation Commission about the atrocities that have been committed by this government. The commission will not be presided over by a local judge because the judges have been compromised,” he told the Zimbabwe Times.