The Secretary for Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Mrs. Virginia Mabiza and Matabeleland Collective convenor Pastor Trevor Masuku announced government plans to implement measures that ensure healing to Gukurahundi victims. Mabiza indicated that:
The Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage will facilitate the issuance of birth certificates and death certificates for victims affected by Gukurahundi. It will also facilitate the exhumation and reburial of Gukurahundi victims.
We’re also implementing protection mechanisms for those affected by Gukurahundi to be free to discuss their experiences.
Mabiza said Health and Child Care and Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare ministries would provide medical assistance to victims of Gukurahundi. This was in light of that some victims are still experiencing pain since the incident.
She also noted that the government is moving towards unlocking economic value in the affected areas through empowerment of residents, devolution, offering accommodation, inclusivity, and extending National Healing and Reconciliation Commission programmes.
The Matabeleland Collective convener Pastor Trevor Masuku applauded efforts that are being taken to address the issue. He further said:
We called for the decriminalisation of Gukurahundi by allowing people to openly discuss their experiences. We also asked for true and factual notation on death certificates and the development of Matabeleland to prioritised.
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