Past violations threaten newly-found Zimbabwe unity



from NDABENI MLOTSHWA in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
BULAWAYO, (CAJ News) HUMAN rights groups, non-governmental organisations and political pressure groups have been advised to desist from disrupting the harmony currently prevailing Zimbabwe by evoking divisive issues.

The warning comes as these organisations raise the emotive issue of the massacres of the 1980s south of the country where an estimated 20 000 members of minority groups were killed when government embarked on a crackdown on a handful of dissidents.

Some organisations have raised the issue to deter the administration of Presidemt Emmerson Mnangagwa, which however has showed a willingness to address the issue.

Southern African Political Economy Series (Sapes) Trust and secessionists Mthwakazi Republic Party have agitating citizens on the emotive subject.

Mthwakazi Republic Party are demanding that Matabeleland region be separated from other provinces of Zimbabwe to become a sovereignty state while of late, Sapes Trust embarked on meetings to revive Gukurahundi problems widely viewed by many as fomenting hate between the major Shona and Ndebele tribes.

Qedani Nyathi of Queens Park East urged groups at the forefront of creating divisions to desist.

“Both Ndebele and Shona people suffered barbaric bloodshed emanating from past wicked, cruel and ruthless wars. A new Zimbabwe has no room for that,” he said.

“When such desired conflicts resume between Ndebele and Shona speaking people as these organisations want, who is going to benefit out of this?” Nyathi queried.

Two weeks ago, Mnangagwa signed the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Bill (NPRC) into law, paving way for government to address past violations.

Since his inauguration in November, Mnangagwa has appealed for unity as a precursor to economic development.

Remigio Kungurirai said the country would degenerate into chaos if historical conflicts were revisited.

“Imagine if Karanga speaking people in provinces of Masvingo, Midlands and Manicaland are to also embark on similar brutish and savage past initiated by Ndebeles under King Mzilikazi, who unleashed violence, confiscated women, girls and livestock while killing many in vicious history, what country would Zimbabwe turn to be?”

He accused the human rights advocates of turning a blind eye on some violations of the past.

“Let us let letting bygones be bygones than let other tribes be allowed to appear more important than others,” Kungurirai said.

Brighton Kurwaisimba of Mutare, Manicaland Province urged Mnangagwa not to be deterred in his quest to unite the country.

“Even those that were dissidents are taking advantage of submissive and accommodative Mnangagwa to revive problems of the past,” he said.

– CAJ News




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