Some victims of Gukurahundi are having a difficult time accessing identity documents as they are unable to prove to authorities that their relatives are dead.
This came to light during a mop-up exercise on the access to documentation at Matobo Rural District Council offices in Maphisa, Matebeleland South where Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission commissioner Japhet Ndabeni Ncube persuaded residents to open up.
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One old woman failed to hold her tears when she narrated her ordeal before ZHRC officers excused her to compose herself. She said:
I had to bribe my way to get a national identity card but up to now I don’t have a birth certificate as I lost it when we were running away from Gukurahundi in Tsholotsho. When I tried to get another birth certificate, I was told to bring witnesses to confirm my father’s disappearance and death. My uncle refused to go and testify on my behalf saying he was afraid to reveal that his brother disappeared during Gukurahundi.
One of the traditional leaders said that authorities can make it easy for residents if they just assist them to get the national documents without subjecting them to a lot of questions that remind them about the Gukurahundi atrocities.
The traditional leader added that some still do not know where their relatives are since they were kidnapped at night by unidentified people so proving their deaths is mammoth.
More: The Chronicle