‘Gukurahundi: Chiefs should take charge’

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ZTN Correspondent

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has told chiefs in areas affected by post-Independence civil disturbances to lead efforts to address the matter.

Commonly referred to as “Gukurahundi”, the disturbances affected the Midlands and Matabeleland in the 1980s.

The Zimbabwe leader has previously met various stakeholders over the matter, and on Saturday interfaced with chiefs in Matabeleland North. A communique circulated after the meeting reads: “It has been resolved that each Chief will spearhead the resolution of the issue in his or her area of jurisdiction.

“This process will be victim-centred and will also involve key stakeholders engagement. It was reiterated that the Gukurahundi issue should not be tribalised in order to foster nation-building and national healing.”

The communique adds; “Regarding exhumations and reburials, this should be resolved on a case-by-case basis and the relevant chiefs should give guidance and direction.”

Social security benefits will be dealt with case by case.

“It has been emphasised that this process will be led by Chiefs and their affected communities. The President made it clear that a one-size-fits-all approach would (not) be appropriate for this programme.

“As a way forward, Chiefs are to go back to their respective areas to consult on the issues raised. So, whichever Chief is ready, the President will deploy resources to their area to support the resolution of issues in that area.”