Contributing during the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) Bill parliamentary public meeting at Mbuya Nehanda Hall in Marondera on Wednesday, Marondera Central MP, Lawrence Katsiru (Zanu PF) said that the Gukurahundi issue can only be resolved if the Ndebele people first pay lobola and compensate Shonas for abducting and forcing into marriage young girls and raiding cattle from the same in the 19th century.
I agree with the Bill for various reasons. Our sisters and cattle were taken in Mashonaland by the Ndebeles. They (Ndebeles) should pay lobola for kidnapping and forcing our sisters into marriage. They should compensate for the cattle they stole from Mashonaland. I was in Bulawayo during the Entumbane uprisings in the 1970s and I saw Shonas being murdered in the streets because they could not speak Ndebele. These people should be compensated; then we should consider paying for Gukurahundi. Historians know how much was looted during that period. Compensation should start from the beginning. The era of Mbuya Nehanda not 1980 and onwards.
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Katsiru, an apostolic sect leader, once served nine years in jail for allegedly raping a juvenile. Another Zanu PF member identified as Mai Hove said that the UK should return steel and other resources shipped from Zimbabwe during the colonial period. She argued that the material was used to construct roads and bridges which should be stripped and the steel returned back to Zimbabwe.