TRC proposed for Zim genocide victims
From MERCY MUJURU in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
BULAWAYO, (CAJ News) – THE party of expelled Zimbabwe Deputy President, Joice Mujuru, wants perpetrators of the genocide that killed thousands, mostly Ndebele-speaking, to be brought to book.
Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) said this could be done through a truth and reconciliation commission to probe the killings in the early 1980s.
ZimPF spokesman Methuseli Moyo said while President Mugabe was the chief culprit, a commission would establish other perpetrators and bring to an end inter-tribal tensions emanating from the manslaughter.
“Our position on Gukurahundi and other atrocities committed by Mugabe is very clear,” said Moyo.
“There must be a truth and reconciliation commission which will determine the facts of who did what, when, how and why, and how the sad chapters must be closed.”
Mugabe in 1983 unleashed Gukurahundi, as the operation was known in the local Shona, in the southern regions of Matabeleland and Midlands, in pursuit of suspected dissidents.
It has long been dismissed as a ploy to eliminate the opposition Zapu.
The Fifth Brigade, a crack Korean trained unit, during the exercise embarked on a killing spree in the affected regions.
The toll is put between 20 000 and 30 000.
The killings ended with the signing of a unity pact between Zapu and Mugabe’s Zanu.
Mugabe has come short of apologizing, calling the atrocities “an act of madness.”
The sad chapter has been revisited following Mujuru’s intended visit to mass graves of Gukurahundi victims at Bhalagwe in Kezi located some 90km west of the country’s second largest city of Bulawayo.
– CAJ News
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