Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has told former Zapu and Zipra members to identify their assets which were seized by the government in the early 1980’s as President Mugabe had expressed willingness to return the seized properties. Mphoko said that the President had been touched by the plight of the former war veterans who are now living in abject poverty. Property belonging to Zapu and Zipra members was seized by the government in the period after independence commonly referred to as Gukurahundi, in which thousands of people were killed in Matabeleland.
Addressing former Zipra and zapu members at Castle Arms Motel in Bulawayo, Mphoko said:
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The national healing and reconciliation process entails returning seized properties to their rightful owners
The people who bought these properties are struggling yet they made an investment. The Zipra and zapu properties are dotted across the country. So some of the men approached me saying they are living in poverty and it was saddening that they have properties they are not benefiting from. I took their messages to the President telling him of their problems.
I’m waiting for that list. zapu has properties all over the country. The President is ready but you are dragging me behind. I’m giving you a week to provide me with the list
Gukurahundi is a term used to refer to disturbances in Matabeleland and Midlands in the 1980s which resulted in the death of an estimated 20,000 Ndebele people. It was carried out by the North Korean trained 5th Brigade which was an elite regiment of the... Read More About Gukurahundi
Phelekezela Mphoko was the vice president of the Republic of Zimbabwe and former secretary of the Zanu-PF party. Mphoko was appointed to this position by Robert Mugabe on 10 December 2014. The other vice president appointed at the same time as him is Emmerson Mnangagwa.... Read More About Phelekezela Mphoko