Nkosana Moyo says he will not seek retribution for Gukurahundi

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Former Cabinet Minister and 2018 Presidential candidate Dr Nkosana Moyo has said that if elected as president in next year’s harmonised elections, he would not seek retribution for Gukurahundi Massacres. Instead, he would seek “restorative justice.” In an interview with weekly publication, The Standard, Moyo said:

We have been hurt and traumatised so many times in the past in this country all the way back to the 1890s. Our lives have been one violent episode after another. How best do we heal? At APA, we believe that restorative justice might work better for Zimbabweans than retributive justice.

Does it mean we are minimising Gukurahundi, no! It was a period of madness and we must find the best way possible for healing and building a united nation.

The mistake we must not make is to find a narrative that takes a national tragedy into a political campaign issue. That would be wrong.

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Gukurahundi (means "the early rain which washes away the chaff before the spring rains" in Shona) was the brutal suppression of Zimbabwean civilians. They were mostly supporters of Joshua Nkomo, by the North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade that killed an estimated 20,000 people, ostensibly for being dissidents. Many were buried in unmarked graves or thrown down disused mines. Read More

Dr. Nkosana Moyo, PhD (Physics), is an economist and former Zimbabwe Minister of Industry and International Trade. He is known mostly for his sudden resignation from his Ministerial post in 2001, when he left to join his family in South Africa because he disagreed strongly with Zanu-PF policies. The resignation resulted in President Robert Mugabe describing him as a "coward". On the 29th of June 2017, Dr Moyo announced that he would be running for President of Zimbabwe in 2018 harmonised elections and that he would running under Alliance for People's Agenda (APA). Read More

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