Politics and Memory: The Case of the Gukurahundi in Zimbabwe



Genocide’s designation as the ultimate crime against humanity, the “crime of crimes,” transcends the category of ordinary political violence into the extraordinary. But writing about the Gukurahundi in Zimbabwe, Zenzele Ndebele describes the legacy of unexceptional yet horrific civilian massacres whose enactment and subsequent denial is central to the founding myths, legitimacy, and power consolidation of the country’s ruling party.