Let People Talk Of Their Experiences – Chief Mathema Tells Gukurahundi Commission

Gwanda Chief, Khulumani Mathema has urged the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) to engage communities which were affected by Gukurahundi.

Chief Mathema is one of the more vocal chiefs in Matabeleland who have been calling for stakeholders to deal with the emotive Gukurahundi issue.

While speaking t the launch of the Churches Convergence on Peace (CCOP) in Bulawayo on Thursday, Chief Mathema said:

Go and talk to the people in rural areas. Come to my constituency in Matabeleland South. The people are willing to talk and can tell you how this matter should be handled.

The NPRC should be doing its mandate and relieve people of their pain by enabling them to talk about their experiences.

There is a wound that needs to be healed. It is known by everyone even though some do not want to openly talk about it.

We are here talking about preserving peace but yet there are people who need to be healed otherwise they will continue being angry. To heal, we should make sure people engage in honest dialogue about what is affecting them.

This matter is still a problem as people need to release their anger. You should relieve the people of their pain because we have elderly people who up to today relive those horrors and memories. The grandmothers need to voice out what is affecting them.

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 Zimbabwe Defence Forces. Gukurahundi is derived from a Shona language term which loosely translates to “the early rain which washes away the chaff before the spring rains”.

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