MDC attacks Tsvangirai over Gukurahundi stance

MDC secretary-general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga has attacked Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T for  allegedly  ignoring  victims of  Gukurahundi by choosing to assist  victims of the 2008 political violence only.

Report by Pamela Mhlanga Own correspondent

But MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora yesterday said Misihairabwi-Mushonga’s remarks were tribal and  needed to be treated with care.

“PM Tsvangirai is going province by province in his programme of helping victims of political violence and if the time for Matabeleland comes, he will be there,” Mwonzora said. “I have also noticed that some of these political parties are like a megaphone for Zanu PF.”

Tsvangirai recently told thousands of party supporters at Zaka growth point that the MDC-T would compensate victims of political violence once the party won the next election.

The party was already paying school fees and providing other basics to the victims or surviving dependants.

He was speaking at the commemoration of political violence victims, a development Misihairabwi-Mushonga at the weekend described as discriminatory given that Gukurahundi victims had not been compensated by the government.

Addressing party supporters at Chefunye business centre in Tsholotsho, Misihairabwi-Mushonga said: “People who were the first to have their houses burnt were here in Tsholotsho. So why did he (Tsvangirai) not bother to come here first?”

Misihairabwi-Mushonga, who is also Regional Intergration and International Cooperation minister, said despite clear indications of violence perpetrated against the people in the Matabeleland region, the government had failed to compensate victims.

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8 Comments

  1. Misihairambwi you are a politician why cant you and your party exploit the MDC-T’s oversight to your advantage and gain political milage out of it? Be practical if you want to be of relevance.

  2. General Pinochet

    Is Priscilla Misihairambwi and her principal not part of the same gvt with Tsvangirai? What has her part done with regard to compensation of Gukurahundi victims. For sure she has sounded tribalist here becoz surely every province would want to be the first and why Matabeleland first in her opinion. Big mouth with little to say. Ko iyo mdc-n yacho zvainonoconcentrate in Matabeleland, is it a regional party or what. Do they want the national presidency or what? Priscilla, hapana chakashata kutanga kuMasvingo kana kwaMutare. After all pave here neCompensation Fund yacho or mdc-t is currently assisting its supporters using their own funds? It appears mdc-n is there only to decampaign mdc-t (mapetty jealousies) and not to remove zanu pf. Ivo as a party what is their program with relation to Gukurahundi compensation? We have not heard them articulating how they intend to assist should they win power. They only criticise others

  3. I always hear people talking of Gukurahundi without mentioning the real reason behind it. Isnt it because of the dissidents who were operating from Matebeleland who were killing and raping innocent people. The dissidents were the ones who were targeted by the government . Really the dissidents were a menace. If it wasnt of gukurahundi i think the ‘devolution’ which is being talked about now would have happened by then. Lets not poison or sow some seeds of hatrated amongst ourselves. Lets be factual and give answers to all questions. I stand to be corrected.

  4. for MDC-T to say they are going province by province,is surely another populist maneuver in my view meant at making the electorate think this party actually cares about these inhuman occurrences, which they and the zanu administration continue to sweep under the carpet and most disappointingly so with the international community,the so called custodians of the human rights laws being spectators and choosing not to say a word about it.it is down right tribal for them to choose to ignore Gukurahundi,it is down right tribal for Mwonzora to even suggest that any sentiments aired concerning gukurahundi atrocities is tribal on its own.why are those concerned and are able to speak up about it continuously labelled tribalists? who then must speak up i ask?.clearly not all the victims may be able to speak for themselves because of obvious reasons,the trauma ,fear of the unknown and the biggest question being,who will care enough to listen anyway?.now to even suggest and agree that only atrocities as from the year 2008 shall be looked into not only pours fuel on fire but spells out what MDC-T thinks about Gukurahundi and the future of Matabeleland.

  5. What is tribal about telling the truth? The only thing tribal here is the fact that there is 1 rule for Mashonaland provinces and another rule for Matebeleland provinces.

  6. Richard mshanyuki

    Welshman ncube we need you in our next govt next year as our vice president and simba makoni also will be rewarded we are tired of zanu pf keep the style but what you need to do is to support morgan for the the presidency dont worry we are now completing the change process

  7. Just because the victims of Gukurahundi were not his supporters but ZAPU “s the PM feels he is not responsible- , again another clear case of Matebeland neglection. The PM is PM of the country and not MDC supporters only. Priscilla ‘s concern is not tribal, but Mwozora ‘s accusation is.

  8. We need the compensation for madzviti attack on Shonas first

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