By Basildon Peta
Harare - A judicial report detailing atrocities committed by the Zimbabwe National Army in the Matabeleland and Midlands regions during Zimbabwe's civil war in the early 1980s cannot be found, Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa said this week.
The army's North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade allegedly killed over 20 000 civilians as it cracked down on armed bandits who were trying to topple President Robert Mugabe.
After an international outcry, Mugabe appointed a commission of inquiry, headed by former chief justice Enoch Dumbutshena, in early 1984 to investigate the atrocities. Mugabe has ever since refused to make the results public.
He has also refused to make public the report of another inquiry which he commissioned later in 1984. The second inquiry was chaired by prominent lawyer Simplicius Chihambakwe.