Gukurahundi: Traditional leaders carry people`s views to the President

by | Aug 20, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments


Brian Temba and Hosia Mviringi

President Emmerson Mnangagwa will tomorrow host the National Council of Chiefs at Bulawayo State House, in an important meeting where he is set to get recommendations on how to deal with Gukurahundi related issues.

Since the emergence of the Second Republic, Government has been actively seeking to chart a path of truth and reconciliation on the matter, which marks a difficult episode in the country`s history.

Addressing a joint Press Conference in Bulawayo yesterday, Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Permanent Secretary Mrs Virginia Mabhiza and Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Mr Nick Mangawana said the chiefs will present insights gathered through an extensive consultative process.

“His Excellency will receive recommendations on ow to deal with issues related to Gukurahundi. The National Council of Chiefs has in the past two weeks been engaged in intensive stakeholder consultations with various groups from Matebeleland,” read the press statement.

The President will be accompanied by the Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Hon July Moyo, Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Ziyambi Ziyambi and Minister of Home Affairs Kazembe Kazembe.

“The meeting is a demonstration of His Excellency’s commitment to find a lasting solution to matter affecting the region and in particular the Gukurahundi,” further read the press statement.

To prove his strong will and determination to solve this emotive issue, the President will make this his fourth engagement in Bulawayo in less than two years.

Exactly 12 months ago, on August 21, 2020, the President was at State House in Bulawayo where discussions involving documentation of Gukurahundi victims, exhumations and a national plan for the issuance of Birth and Death Certificates to surviving victims of the disturbances were discussed.