Gukurahundi Commission Will Cover Matabeleland And Midlands, To Set Up Peace Committees Soon

In an interview with Newsday, the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) chairperson Retired Judge Justice Sello Nare said they will cover the two Matabeleland Provinces and Midlands as they seek to find closure for the Gukurahundi victims. Justice Nare said

Right now, we are convinced that the Matabeleland and Midlands regions are the areas we must cover. We are going to set up peace committees in all the areas. We will start with the provincial set-up and go down to districts.

We have had meetings with the churches, and on December 4 met with the whole leadership of the traditional chiefs. I believe we will have all the committees set up and will be able to discuss the fact that we will be visiting their areas.

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Chiefs want us to go to their places and would want us to answer certain questions. The President (Emmerson Mnangagwa) himself, when he was in the United States said he had appointed a commission and expected that the commission would report back to him. He was referring to the conflict in Matabeleland.

At this symposium, people have said their minds and are demanding answers on when we are visiting them. We have had accounts from victims of Gukurahundi. What we have to do now is to call for a meeting to try and resolve the problems using the local leadership.

Gukurahundi refers to the civil conflict in post-independence Zimbabwe in which an estimated 20 000 civilians were brutally killed as the Zimbabwe National Army tried to put down an alleged uprising by demobilised and disgruntled ZAPU war veterans. The conflict only ended in 1987 when the major political parties, ZANU PF and PF ZAPU signed the Peace Accord.

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