Chief Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni of Ntabazinduna has praised President Emmerson Mnangagwa for holding dialogue with chiefs from the Midlands and Matabeleland regions.
President Mnangagwa on Friday met with traditional leaders from the three provinces at State House in Bulawayo in a bid to bring closure to the Gukurahundi issue.
Chief Ndiweni has been a vocal critic of the government and recently attended opposition MDC’s Congress held in May.
Speaking after the meeting with President Mnangagwa, Chief Ndiweni said:
It was a step in the right direction … towards addressing our various grievances in the region, which has been marginalised for years.
The engagement was sincere. I didn’t see any problem … considering that I was part of the chiefs who put the document together that we submitted to the president.
We have the issue of Gukurahundi … it can only be addressed through open discussions like these.
The chiefs submitted a 22-page document to President Mnangagwa. According to the Daily News:
Among other things, the chiefs demanded in the document that Mnangagwa apologises over the killings, declares a day of public mourning for victims, and also facilitates the exhumation and reburial of victims.
The traditional leaders further demanded the immediate release of Gukurahundi reports such as the Chihambakwe and Dumbutshena commissions of inquiry into the atrocities.
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