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Mujuru faces Gukurahundi graves visit backlash


CIVIL society groups in Bulawayo have urged opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) leader, Joice Mujuru, to cancel her planned tour of Gukurahundi victims’ graves, saying the visit could trigger a backlash from the victims’ surviving families, who believe her concerns were not genuine.



Mujuru, at the weekend, told her supporters at a rally in Gwanda that she was planning to visit mass graves of Gukurahundi victims, particularly Balagwe in Maphisa, Matabeleland South province.

The atrocities, which claimed an estimated 20 000 people in Midlands and Matabeleland regions in the 1980s, were sanctioned by President Robert Mugabe’s administration under the guise of crushing ex-Zapu dissidents.

Mujuru was one of Mugabe’s ministers then.

Zenzo Nyoni of the Education and Unemployed Youth Forum of Zimbabwe, yesterday said Mujuru’s new-found concerns over the Gukurahundi massacres smacked of hypocrisy.

“It’s interesting that Mujuru has never condemned Gukurahundi till now that she has been fired from Zanu PF. We wonder what her agenda is,” he said.

“So whatever her agenda is, may she leave the people of Matabeleland and the Gukurahundi victims in peace. We are still in a healing process.”

Busani Sibindi, of Save Matabeleland Coalition, said Gukurahundi was an emotional issue, which should not be used as political capital whenever elections draw near.

“We have observed with utter disbelief the kind of hypocrisy that has been going around in regard to the Gukurahundi genocide,” he said.

“We have countless times heard and seen our killers making a mockery of the horrors they perpetrated. We have heard people issue statements that not only add salt to the wounds, but re-open the wounds and add on new ones. Our lives on this earth have been a walk in the valley of the shadow of graves.”

Sibindi said Zimbabwean politicians have trivialised the pain and suffering to the extent that they called mass murder “a moment of madness”.

“We have watched in dismay as politicians of all hues use this region as their spring board,” he continues.

“They have walked the lands of our beloved region setting themselves a political future at the expense of our very existence. This planned visit to Gukurahundi graves by Mujuru is part of that oriental approach to Matabeleland; she wants to see the mass graves as if she is shocked that they even exist.

“Was she not the Vice-President of the Republic of Zimbabwe when then National Healing and Reconciliation minister Moses Mzila Ndlovu was arrested by junior police officers for visiting the same graves?”

Mthwakazi Liberation Front spokesperson, Ndabezinhle Fuyane, also expressed concern over Mujuru’s planned tour of the Gukurahundi sites.
“She may regret her visit for the rest of her life, if she is not careful,” he said.

“She is just a Zanu PF prodigal daughter, who cannot measure the gravity of the pains endured during the era.”

But ZimPF spokesperson, Methuseli Moyo, said, as much as civil society groups’ concerns were understandable, “stopping Mujuru or anyone from going there will only dramatise and not solve the problem”.

“Gukurahundi must be solved by the next government and we believe that ZimPF will lead the next government,” he said.

“Our party is determined to face the truth, no matter how unpalatable, and come up with a comprehensive reconciliation programme. The civic organisations must be careful not to push the Zanu PF agenda of not wanting to talk about Gukurahundi.

“Importantly, it is not true that everybody who was in Zanu PF supported Gukurahundi. Mugabe is behind everything that has happened and continues to happen in this country.”

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  2. Very important point Moyo. No opposition party can monopolise the Gukukurahundi issue.Most of the parties in opposition are including it in their 2018 electoral manifestos as one of the country’s unresolved painful issues alongside with other economic and social issues needing attention from a party that is likely to emerge victorious in the forthcoming general elections.What it means, is that the issue would have to be romped in the national policy framework in order to find permanent closure.People should not allow emotions to overtake logic.If someone who was once part of that cabinet during that period agrees that what happened was wrong and this painful chapter of the country’s history needs closure,then what is wrong with that?

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  3. I cannot wait until Mugabe and his thugs are arrested and taken to the hague for what they did in the early 80’s including joyce…I hope and pray they all die in prison..

  4. What exactly do they want. If issue is ignored they say they want it addressed. If it’s tackled head on and acknowledged as has been done by Mujuru they say leave us alone. This issue should be talked about openly to enable the nation to heal and move forward

  5. Therz is nothing wrong abt Mai Mujuru visiting thoz graves except thoz civic groups are zanu pf grandchildren vasingade kuona chakanaka

  6. This is pure mockery and cheap politics. Mujuru has been dinning with Zanu PF for all these years and she is still Zanu PF. Why did she not visit those graves when she was still in Zanu. If she ever set her dirty feet there she will regret it. She is insulting our intelligence, and trying to use our emotions to gain support. Matabeleland is not a springboard for Zanu Pf prodigal daughters and sons. Kahambe kibo le eMashoneni hanti lakho abantu bafa during 2008 re run.

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