Violence victims bank on new government

EXACTLY five years after an attempt on his life in Zaka, Masvingo province, the life of Denis Gwenhure has never been the same again.


Gwenhure was in the same building with other MDC-T activists, Washington Nyamwa from Ward 19 and Chrison Mbano from Ward 18 in Zaka, who lost their lives after suspected Zanu PF militia petrol-bombed their party office. Nyamwa and Mbano’s bodies were burnt beyond recognition while Gwenhure and two others had their faces disfigured.

“It has never been easy for me,” said Gwenhure. “Things are not that good for me and plots are still there to instill fear in our lives.”
His only hope remains a new government though. Gwenhure is not the only one pinning his hopes on a new government to change their lives for the better and instill unity in areas divided along political lines.

Thousands of people across the country have fallen victim to politically-motivated violence in recent years. These include little Nigel Mutemagau, nicknamed “Zimbabwe’s youngest terrorist”, who in 2008 was taken into police custody after his parents, known MDC-T supporters were arrested in Banket.

His parents, Violet Mupfuranhewe and Collen Mutemagau, were among dozens of MDC-T supporters and human rights activists that were rounded up and charged with terrorism. Nigel spent two months in remand custody including part of it at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison.

In an interview with NewsDay on Saturday, Nigel’s mother said she was not deterred by her arrest in 2008 together with her husband and son as she was still fighting for change. She said she expected the next government to work on unifying people divided along political lines and hoped that if the MDC-T got in power, it would recognise and reward those who fought for democracy.

“As people who have been at the centre of the fight for a better Zimbabwe, we certainly look forward to a new government to address our concerns,” she said.

“We look forward to a government that will recognise us as fighters and allow us to enjoy the fruits of democracy. They should look at provinces we come from and know the people who remained resolute despite the threats.

“They must look at us and not allow people who come from nowhere because they are wives of politicians to enjoy the fruits of democracy while they shut us out. Fear is still there sometimes because of what we went through. Some people died, but we are lucky to be alive. It’s unfair for politicians’ wives to be elected at our expense. I fought in this struggle and spent months with a baby in cells with no nappies or what and I hope they will recognise us.”

Justice and Legal Affairs deputy minister Obert Gutu said a programme should be put in place to counsel victims of political violence and compensate them.

“There should be a programme to properly counsel victims of political violence. In addition, the new government should adequately compensate all people who lost their property as a result of political violence.

“The National Reconciliation Commission should be capacitated to effectively undertake a genuine, broad-based national healing and reconciliation programme,” he said.

MDC-T organising secretary Nelson Chamisa said: “We need a response at a national level. There is need for restorative and rehabilitative justice and restore people to their normal lives.

“It’s not possible to restore those who have died, but to act on surviving spouses and children which is important for the healing of our country. There has to be restoration not only in the MDC-T, but for all victims of politically-motivated violence.

“We can’t go forward, we need catharsis. A Zimbabwe under president Tsvangirai is a Zimbabwe where diversity is celebrated.

Zaka West MP Festus Dumbu (MDC-T) said that a new government should act to unite families and to bring normalcy in people’s lives. We expect the government to reunite families and not bear grudges and the victims to get something to heal emotionally and materially. Others lost lives need rehabilitation and families should be united,” he said.

“The people’s only hope is a new government and the gospel is leave violence and don’t force people to vote for you.”

Spokesperson for the Welshman Ncube-led MDC Nhlanhla Dube concurred: “Victims of political violence are many. The reality is that there are generations which are now indirect victims of the violence. The Gukurahundi atrocities were our highest level of black-
on-black violence and the solutions to the psychological and physical scars are very complex.

“The beginning of dealing with all this, including the 2008 violence, is seeking and telling the truth. When the truth is told, people will be able to express what they desire. It is important to allow the victims to participate in finding solutions. A prescriptive approach cannot be adequate.”

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  1. vamugabe chete

    1. Ndivo chete mumusangano wedu,hakuna mumwe anozvikwanisa.

      1. …………….kukiya nekuuraya vanhu!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. Drama in Bulawayo Central MDC-T MP Dorcas Sibanda along side Sethekeli Ncube decampaigning Mdc-t aspiring councillors of ward2 and ward 1 and campaingning for Welshmen Ncubes party councillors Chamisa intervine because Bhebhe is a a friend to Dorcas moreover Ncubes husband is pushing for bhora musango

      1. Yeah, we dont want MDC-T.

        It has done NOTHING for us. Just like ZANUPF

        They’re converting the few left, otherwise most of us support Welsh and Dabengwa. Even though,personally, I dont like Dabengwa

  2. wakaora. washaya zvekunyora here. nyora zvinoita kuti peace irambe iripo. wanyora wafunga here. are you a christian? repent and revise your life.

  3. vhotai murunyararo. asi vhoterai vamugabe chete

    1. Tinoda Change

      Vavhotere iwe wakanyarara mhani asi hauna chokudya here kumba kwako idya banana

  4. Don’t hate your neighbour coz of politics.

    1. Thanx usavenga muvakidzani nekuda kwe zvematongerwo enyika these people will come and go.

  5. I think its time for us to rid ourslves of the old guard. Lets make that statement on the 31st, else we plunge the country back in the horrible dungeon.

  6. Responses to Violence victims bank on new government

    zanu yaora

  7. Dabengwa and Ncube caused all this suffering and now they are at it again and they dont care what happens to the victims.All they want are reruns and no win for MDC-T

  8. Ndiani achirikuda Postori-Imposter-Mugabe&zanupf??

    1. Tiripo isu. Mari i mari.

  9. go to all the zanupf rallies and get the t-shirts,plus plus plus but come 31 july never make a mistake and put yo x aganist anyone on its logo ,maitiro chinja chinja ndati chinja iwe mhani wezhira urikurasika papi

  10. Ndinga vhotere munhu ane 100 YEARS ndinopenga here?

    TSVANGIRAI ndizvo!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Zvishoma nezvishoma tichasvika chete.

  12. We all want change, though we hold a diverse views and desires we all have to peacefully go and vote for our candidates of choice. What we don’t want is killing, victimisation, brutality u name it. We want change and there is more than one candidate to choose from.

    So most of us are saying this and that but hatisi vana vanonyaradwa ne paper re sweet. Wake up people, and one more thing – LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE…! Enough talk abt gukurahundi this or that, who is to be compensated cz u might as well compansate the whole of BYO. Let’s move forward and leave e past behind, ko Bob akasaita President who is going to raise this issue, remember the next president has his own agenda and gukurahundi is likely not to be his first priority. He might be the best we ever had and we as aByo will not cry foul of marginalisation in our province.

  13. Do not vote for the foul-mouthed 100 year old limping donkey.

  14. A compromised voters roll, registration & rigging will force us to open gates of Hell,Zanu-Pf get this message 33 yrs is too much luxury.

  15. runyararo pamberi

  16. chindori chininga chomuka

    its so saddening that Dabengwa brags about denying tsvangirai an ultimate victory which clearly translates to his working for zanu pf. Ncube cant u see that, if he was genuinely behind you he should withdrew his presidential candidature. Ncube is a good leader but u dont have confidence in yourself. Forma a grand coalition with tsvangirai then we will definately unseat the 90 year old chimpanzee

  17. Hanzi zvishoma nezvishoma tichasvika chete,l like that.Surely we will get there smeday,whats flying right now will eventually come to an landing!!!

  18. We should put an end to political violence or political violence will put an end to zimbabwe. First things first the first thing is to flush zanu pf and its alies viz dabengwa and ncube down the political drain straight to the political sewage of obscurity. Secondly we need to tolerate these blood thirsty conviving blundering zanu pf support but write a very big no on the political notice board. Thirdly lets uphold our inalienable right to vote go to the polling station in our gazilions and use the balot broom to sweep the dirty political house of the past and change the political house for good and chuck out into the fire the zanu pf rubish . Fourhly then will put a grenade of humanity, respect, dignity at morris depot , k g 6 and ntabazinduna and send out a loud and clear message that soldiers and the police are there to protect people and not to enslave people with fear and run this peace send chihuri and compony to chikurubi. Last but not least we should never forgive the architects of gukurahundi because they have left a huge void in our lives divided us along tribal lines but we should soldier on and let this be a reminder to our obvious president morgan that if you go the zanu way we will flush you down . Peace when we vote i love you zimbabwe

  19. Hahaha!!!

  20. Hapana hurumende yevanhu inogona kubvisa zvinetso zvevanhu asi kukonzeresa chete

  21. Their end is near.

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