The late ZAPU Dumiso Dabengwa felt that Gukurahundi was supposed to never become a closed chapter in the same way that the war for independence is. This was revealed by the director of the Dumiso Dabengwa foundation, Mthulisi Hanana, at the late National Hero’s funeral.
“I must say that he was scarred by that genocide until the day that he passed on. Till the day he died, he never understood why comrades who fought the colonial government side-by-side with him turned against him and others. He did not understand why civilians were butchered by an army that was supposed to be professional.
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He appealed that Gukurahundi must never be a closed chapter, just like the liberation struggle. We must always remind our people that people died for being ZAPU, they died for being Ndebele and died for supporting Joshua Nkomo. The next genocide can only be avoided when this one subject is spoken about.”