By own correspondent
MDC Alliance has thwarted any efforts by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to try and persuade people in Matabeleland to let bygones be bygones after reigniting the Gukurahundi dialogue during a campaign rally at Cross Dete in Matabeleland North over the weekend.
The alliance reminded Zanu PF that the memories of the genocide would never go away without properly being addressed.
Addressing party supporters, alliance leader and Presidential candidate in the forthcoming elections Nelson Chamisa waded into tribal politics arguing for devolution saying the “Shonalisation” of the country was stalling progress.
“We don’t want the ‘Shonalisation’ of Zimbabwe. My government, our government, the people’s government will respect all tribes, traditions, languages of all our people.
“…We want a Zimbabwe which reflects who we are as Zimbabweans, it should never be about tribes and after my two terms of office, I would love to ensure that I leave a Ndebele President,” he said.
Writing on his Twitter page after the rally, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Tendai Biti said communities affected by Gukurahundi need to be compensated and perpetrators must also come clean if the country is to move forward.
“Gukurahundi will never go away. But we need transitional justice. The State should apologize for this national shame. The perpetrators must come clean for redemption.
“Communities must be compensated. The country will never move forward without righting wrongs of the past,” Biti said.
As if that was not enough, the MDC Alliance has thrown its weight behind the coronation of Bulelani-Collins Khumalo as the Ndebele King, which was blocked by the High Court in Bulawayo last week.
Meanwhile, Chamisa has also confirmed what people in Matabeleland region have been crying about that their area is largely marginalised while most development is taking place in Harare and in regions that are mainly dominated by people of Shona origin.
On countless occasions, legislators from the Matabeleland region from both Zanu PF and MDC have been united in the National Assembly arguing that their region is neglected and underdeveloped compared to others.
It remains to be seen how Zanu PF will respond as the MDC Alliance appears to be capitalising on all the wrongs and frustrations harboured by the people of Matabeleland especially on how the region has been handled by the government.
To make matters worse, Mnangagwa does not have many supporters in Matabeleland owing to his role in the Gukurahundi massacre which reportedly killed about 20 000 people of Ndebele origin.