Zimbabweans React: ‘I would like to see people debating Gukurahundi’ – Mnangagwa

Zimbabweans on social media have reacted to a statement by President Mnangagwa that he’d like to see the people debate the Gukurahundi issue openly. Mnangagwa said the statement during a special interview with the ZBC for independence day celebrations.

Below are some of the reactions:

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 ED I lost a father/mother/brother/sister because of Gukurahundi and what should I debate about? – anonymous


Publishing existing commission reports will enrich the debate. Please be sincere Emmerson Mnangagwa. Publish the Gukurahundi Commission Reports – Prof Mlambo


Debating it? What’s there to debate? Gukurahundi happened. It was a genocide. The nation needs a sincere healing and truth-telling process for the victims. A memorial must be constructed. There must be an apology. Never again must such an atrocity be committed in Zimbabwe. Fadzayi Mahere


“I would like to see perpetrators of Gukurahundi being held accountable” There, I have corrected it, Mr President Gukurahundi Alex Magaisa


As basis for these debates, can the state first release ALL materials in its possession related to Gukurahundi? We want informed debates not speculation. Surely the state has records of who ordered who to do what, when and where. – Manasa Njanike


Please define “debate”..

What’s there to debate anyway? Debate how many people died and who caused it? Debate why it’s been kept under lock for decades?

How do folk “debate” facts?

I think we have more urgent matters to “debate”… But please, define ‘debate’ for me –PhiniasShonayi


Respect us. What’s there to debate? We want truth telling, justice, healing, peace and reconciliation. There’s nothing to debate! – Thandekile Moyo


Be honest with your role & involvement first. Be truthful & run away from any iota of lies on this issue. Even God will 4give you for doing the right thing. Continuing to hide behind propaganda that doesn’t bring healing and disclosure is hypocrisy & Satanism of the highest order. – Kuchangamuka Wavhiya


Dear Emmerson Mnangagwa

Why should we debate over something whose facts exist? If you are sincere and earnest about Gukurahundi, just publicise the Dumbutshena and Chihambakwe Commission of Enquiry reports. – Team Pachedu


Start by televising truth hearings under National Peace and Reconciliation Commission(NPRC) – Zim Media Review



What’s needed on Gukurahundi isn’t mere debate nor gestures that appeal to optics & dirty PR exercise that l’m seeing. We need equitable closure that involves truth & apology from perpetrators, many of whom are still alive. Truth & unreserved apology is more than silver & gold! – Ishmael Mazorodze


I would like for Emmerson Mnangagwa to explain the role he played in Gukurahundi. – Oliver Mahata


Is he prepared to tell the world of his hand in the gukurahundi issue? If you say so? – Anonymous


Yes it could well be PR but we shouldn’t be too naive in our antagonism. To give an example. If one donates to a charity for publicity. That he did it for publicity does not take away the positive effects of the donation. I support open discussions of Gukurahundi. – Godknows 


Mr ED should know that we don’t want discussions about Gukurahundi we want perpetrators to be put to justice simple! It was a genocide. – Dominic Nyakudya


GukurahundiChihambakwe Commission of Enquiry ReportNational Peace and Reconciliation Commission

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... Read More About Gukurahundi

The Chihambakwe Commission of Inquiry was a truth commission set up by government to investigate into the Matabeleland disturbances from 1983 to 1984 now referred to as Gukurahundi. The report from the inquiry was never made public by the government and therefore the findings of... Read More About Chihambakwe Commission of Enquiry Report

President Emmerson Mnangagwa signed the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Bill (NPRC) into law on the 5th of January 2018, making operational the Commission that was appointed in 2016. The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) main tasks are to promote national healing, peace, and... Read More About National Peace and Reconciliation Commission

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4 comments on “Zimbabweans React: ‘I would like to see people debating Gukurahundi’ – Mnangagwa

  1. ED wants perpetrators to have a say in why they carried out the genocide.Yes real use the reports first so that we will have facts and personal experiences made public.

  2. Mr President are you normal or you are out of your senses. Mr Grandfather was stoned and burnt alive by your people. what is it that you want us to debate.
    I think you lacking respect.

  3. Mr President are you normal? or you are out of your senses. Mr Grandfather was stoned and burnt alive by your people. what is it that you want us to debate about.
    I think you lacking respect.
    Please respect us.
    This is Nonsense totally nonsense.
    I wish to speak with you in person maybe you will regain humanity. You sing so because no one if your family was killed in such a way.
    Iam writing this to you not as a group but as an individual.

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