MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai has joined other opposition parties and civic groups in protesting against President Robert Mugabe’s plans to celebrate his 93rd birthday in Matobo, a few kilometres from Bhalagwe, where victims of the Gukurahundi massacres lie in shallow graves.
MDC-T provincial youth assembly chairperson, Lindiwe Maphosa and the Matobo business community condemned the choice of venue for Mugabe’s birthday. The Welshman Ncube-led MDC has also protested against the move and threatened to mobilise villagers to protest against the decision. Said the Matobo business community:
We want to warn those behind the so-called celebrations that Matobo is home to over 2 500 historic sites, some of which are sacred sites including Njelele and Dula among others, hence, Matobo is a sacred area. We have no powers to stop His Excellency from celebrating his birthday where ever he wants to, if we had, we would not want him to set foot in Matobo, but history will record that we are against it.