In an interview with SABC’s Foreign Editor, Sophie Mokoena, Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe blamed Gukurahundi on Zapu.
He said his Government was forced to act after Zapu received shipments of arms from the then Soviet Union. Said Mugabe:
But when you look at Gukurahundi and you examine how it came about, you blame the party that led them, ZAPU, because they had brought in shipments of arms from the Soviet Union too. I was called by Nyerere who said “These shipments what are they for? You are now an independent country”. Shipments that they had received at Dar es Salaam port. It was Nyerere who told me and he said “Talk to KK, Kaunda. Talk to Kaunda” and Kaunda said he had given this to Zapu and I asked why? A party cannot receive shipments of arms. What will they do with them? It was there then that we got these arms. They were hidden and naturally we started action that was necessary. Already some of the arms had been distributed you see. And this led then to the campaign that was called Gukurahundi.
Watch the snippet of the interview below: