The Dumiso Dabengwa-led Zapu party has sided with Zanu PF in condemning civic society groups and individuals allegedly using the Gukurahundi atrocities for financial gain.
Addressing a Zanu-PF inter-district meeting at the party’s Bulawayo Davies Hall offices on Sunday, Zanu-PF Bulawayo provincial chairperson Callistus Ndlovu accused civic society groups of using Gukurahundi for financial gain. Said Ndlovu:
In the country, we are now having what we call ‘Gukurahundi enterprise’ where monies are being released to individuals who are talking about the subject.
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Zapu spokesperson Iphithule Maphosa said his party also believed the Gukurahundi issue was being commercialised. Said Maphosa:
He (Ndlovu) is correct. Remember, we also made a similar call recently. A lot of people have since commercialised the subject and most of the noises being made are not genuine. We also have a similar grievance against the media, both local and international, who have always left Zapu the real victims of this to engage outsiders, sometimes talking to perpetrators about the thorny subject. This is while Zapu is here and ready to tell her story to the world. The Gukurahundi is a totally unforgettable era in the history of our Zimbabwe and it needs careful handling particularly comments made by those who played a part.
Maphosa’s statement drew the ire of MDC-T and Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRT).