The government has moved to bring closure to the emotive Gukurahundi issue by allowing for open debate and the exhumation and reburial of victims.
The move was revealed by Justice Ministry Permanent Secretary, Virginia Mabhiza in Bulawayo on Tuesday. Said Mabhiza:
On open discussions of Gukurahundi, we have the law and the law allows people to freely discuss but there are reports that continuously come forth whereby people feel that they have been prevented from openly discussing Gukurahundi.
Mechanisms for the protection of the victims should be put in place so that they are able to freely discuss their experiences.
In terms of the implementation modalities, facilitation of birth certificates of victims affected by Gukurahundi is a priority. The Ministry of Home Affairs has been asked to look into the matter and work with affected communities.
… We have also the issue of exhumation or reburials of victims. In terms of implementation modalities, the government will now allow the exhumation and reburial of victims in an orderly and legal manner.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa on March 21 this year, held a meeting with more than 70 organisations represented by over 100 civic and religious leaders at State House in Bulawayo.
The attendees called for the decriminalisation of Gukurahundi and development in the Matabeleland region. 20 000 people are estimated to have been killed during the Gukurahundi era between 1982 – 1987, with hundreds being buried in mass graves.