Exhumation order hailed

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Matabeleland civic society organisations and political parties have hailed the High Court’s ruling to immediately stop exhumations of the remains of victims of war.

Justice Nicholas Mathonsi on Thursday ordered the Fallen Heroes Trust and its chairman, George Rutanhire to stop forthwith the exhumations anywhere in the country.

Mathonsi also ordered Home Affairs co-ministers Kembo Mohadi and Theresa Makone to ensure that the Fallen Heroes Trust and Rutanhire complied with the court order.

In an interview with NewsDay on Friday, the spokesperson for the Matabeleland Civic Society Consortium (MCSC), Effie Ncube said the High Court’s decision showed the re-establishment of the rule of law in the country.

“We would like to celebrate the prevalence of reason by the High Court over the madness that was being done by Zanu-PF,” he said.

“The decision shows the re-establishment of the rule of law in the country.”

Mqondisi Moyo from Ibhetshu Likazulu said: “As people from the Matabeleland region, we are happy about the order passed by the High Court.

“The exhumation exercise that was being carried out by the Fallen Heroes Trust was actually more of an attempt to destroy evidence than to provide answers, as it was not properly done.”

Moyo said if any exhumations were to be done, the Gukurahundi victims should be the first to be exhumed.

The spokesperson for Zapu, Methuseli Moyo said exhumations were supposed to be carried out by experts, not just “any group of people”.

“Any mass grave or graves is a crime scene. Only designated authorities are appropriate to tamper with such scenes, not just any group of people,” he said.