Gukurahundi victims urged to make use of free registration exercise

THE main opposition MDC-T has urged families of Gukurahundi victims to take advantage of the ongoing free birth and death registration exercise spearheaded by Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede’s office to secure identification documents.

BY Everson Mushava

“Government has been forced to agree to issue national identity cards and birth certificates for free,” MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora said yesterday.

“However, this is for a period of 90 days.

“We urge all people, especially the so-called aliens to take advantage of this to get full documentation to enable them to register to vote.

“We also urge our people in Matabeleland, who were especially affected by Gukurahundi, to use this opportunity as well.”

Some people in Matabeleland and Midlands regions that were heavily affected by Gukurahundi have no identity documents after their parents were killed by the North Korean-trained 5th Brigade unleashed by government under the guise of thwarting a PF-Zapu insurgency.

Several non-governmental organisations have been battling to help people in Matabeleland, who do not have identity documents with little success.

Most of the victims have not been able to go to school and secure jobs.

Mwonzora said his party would make sure alleged Zanu PF attempts to rig the forthcoming elections using the biometric voter registration (BVR) process that was rolled out yesterday would be resisted.

“We are now in a battle to make sure that the attempts by the government to cheat in the BVR process are stopped,” he said.

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2 Comments

  1. 37 years after independence a person is issued a birthcertificate for the first time. These people most of them are now parents; that means not only their life was destroyed but even for their children. Denied the right to vote; education and access to education and some govt programs. that’s why you say Ndebele people are a minority tribe in Zim. of which I find it very untrue and unfounded. if the Ndebele people could cover the whole of matebeleland and more than part of Midlands what makes them a minority tribe.

    1. Nkosinathi Mabaso

      This is Black on Black; not white on black. The Black race is a shame. No wonder the White race looks down on us as savages. It always takes a Whiteman to help a Black man, who is a victim of a fellow Black man. What a shame!

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