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Zapu demands Govt to stop machinations on Gukurahundi

by Stephen Jakes
31 Aug 2021 at 06:40hrs | Views
Opposition Zapu  party has demanded the government to stop its machinations on Gukurahundi genocide.

The party said these are aimed at defeating the course of justice and  that President Emmerson Mnangagwa can not be a judge and jury in a case where he ranks among the top culprits.

This comes after a meeting held by Mnangagwa at State house in Bulawayo witn Chiefs where they agreed that the traditional leaders would lead the exhumation of remains of people killed by the fifth Brigade in the 1980s.

Zapu spokesperson Iphithule Maphosa said what is being witnessed are machinations by the state perpetuating the regime to evade justice and accountability by destroying  evidence of the genocide.

He said one such machination is of 21 August so called meeting with chiefs. 

"The party rejects outright any process overseen by Emmerson Mnangagwa as one of the leading architects and authors of Gukurahundi. All evidence points towards Mnangagwa as one of the leading architects and an author of Gukurahundi," Maphosa said.  

"How can one so implicated be trusted to act in a manner that would satisfy those still living with the aftermath of the genocide, even using the lowest form of common sense it is impossible to see how he can be a judge and jury in a case where he ranks among the top culprits."

He said in order to ensure confidence in the process, ZAPU advocates demand that all current efforts that the government is doing be stopped forthwith as they believe that they are aimed at defeating the course of justice.

He said Zapu was the target of massacres and must be central to any process aimed at resolution of the genocide, demand the setting up of an International Commission ought to deal with the issue.

Maphosa said they demand the immediate publicizing of the Dumbutshena and Chihambakwe Commissions of Inquiry if the Zanu pf government is to retain any credibility in the quest for justice and peace in Zimbabwe.

However Chief Mathema from Matabeleland South recently described the meeting of chiefs as meaningless without the involvement of the affected chieftainships and that the National Chiefs Council can not be a central player in the resolution of the Gukurahundi issue.

Source - Byo24news