By Daniel Chigundu
MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa says his government is going to put in place a truce telling program for the Gukurahundi as a way of bringing finality and closure to the massacre.
Gukurahundi which was carried out in Matabeleland by the Robert Mugabe administration in the early 80s, reportedly claimed lives of over 20 000 people of Ndebele origin who were being accused of being dissidents.A
lthough government acknowledges the unfortunate development and loss of lives, it has however refused to apologise or to compensate affected people and families.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is also said to have played huge role in the massacre but publicly refused to apologise on international television when he went to Davos earlier this year.
Addressing party supporters during a rally at Mbiso 4 Shopping Centre in Kwekwe, Chamisa said he is surprised that Mnangagwa has not bothered to apologise for the atrocities yet he was part of the government that conducted the atrocities.
“I asked Emmerson Mnangagwa that I have not heard you say sorry because you were acting together with Robert Mugabe, why have you not apologised, there was Gukurahundi in Matabeleland, we cant ignore Gukurahundi, we need to go and say what happened, and allow 6 months, one year or two years to have truce telling on this issue so that we find each other, wipe people’s tears, that is governance.
“The moment we get into power we are going to say lets have a truce telling program not for retribution, not for vindictiveness but for us to know what happened, those that killed must come and confess their deeds, we dont want to be chasing people its just for the truth, so that it will not be repeated again.
“Those that would have confessed their evil deeds we will not go after them, but we will ask God to forgive them, and those they would have wronged as well so that the country moves forward.
But we must also work on compensating the affected families,” he said.
Chamisa added that government is also denying death certificates to those families affected by Gukurahundi which need to windup their deceased estates.
He said government is claiming the death certificates will be used as evidence for Gukurahundi.
“I was in Matabeleland and I was told horrible stories, some people havent been able to windup or distribute their relatives estates, because they have no death certificates.
“Why because they are being denied death certificates for people who died during Gukurahundi because they (government) say it will be evidence for the genocide, and those are serious issues,” said Chamisa.
The MDC-T leader also called a governance system which is inclusive and for the devolution of power to provinces as enshrined in the country’s constitution.
“We need the country to respect all the l languages, that is governance, a culture must be inclusive. If Peter Ndlovu came from Matabeleland and became a superstar internationally, why should we ignore those in Matabeleland for equal development and making sure that we also honour them.
“My wish is that when I am about the to finish my 2 terms, I want to my successor to being either from Matabeleland or from Zezuru or from Karanga but looking at their quality and content of a character of the person and not his or her tribe, that is national building, so we want to change the culture of governance.
“Devolution we are working on it, communities must define priorities in your areas, Mugabe and Mnanagwa rejected to implement it, but its in the constitution in our government we are saying let there be provincial governments, so that they focus on priorities in their areas.
“We dont want to have a bloated Cabinet, when government has 15 ministers its a lean and mean government that will be delivering, if you fail as minister we kick you out and not put you to try in another ministry,” he said.