Organ of National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration co – minister Moses Mzila-Ndlovu yesterday applauded the way warring parties in the case of the slain MDC-T activist Moses Chokuda resolved their three-year-long dispute.
Mzila-Ndlovu said the settlement could be cited as a case study on how national healing should be conducted.
Chokuda was buried at his rural home in Gokwe last Saturday ending a three-year dispute that had stalled his burial.
The Chokuda family had declined to bury his remains demanding reparations from the murderers’ families who included Zanu PF Midlands provincial chairperson and governor Jason Machaya.
Burial only proceeded after Machaya paid 35 head of cattle and $15 000 cash.
Yesterday, Mzila-Ndlovu said the healing experienced by the Chokuda family should be applied to all the families that lost their loved ones to political violence, including Gukurahundi victims.
“The healing experienced by the Chokuda family is a good example for national healing which should occur on a mass scale in Zimbabwe,” he said.
“Many families are in need of similar healing for the deaths of their relatives during the Gukurahundi era. The people of Zimbabwe should take note of the Chokuda family’s healing to understand what we are trying to achieve at national level.”
Mzila-Ndlovu likened Chokuda’s body remaining in a mortuary for three years to the Gukurahundi victims’ bodies that are reported to be in mass graves in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces.
“Chokuda body’s stay in the mortuary is similar to the bodies of Gukurahundi victims that are in mass graves. They too need proper burial and this would be a positive step towards achieving national healing. The justice achieved between the Machaya and Chokuda families is the same justice which should be applied to many grieving families in Zimbabwe.”
Ndlovu said he would make efforts towards achieving the reburial of the Gukurahundi victims reported to be in mass graves.