President Mnangagwa is in Bulawayo to meet the civil society in the metropolitan province and make a followup of the issues he previously dealt with in the region including Gukurahundi engagement meetings, the Chronicle reports.
While in the Bulawayo the president is expected to launch a program that will enable the issuance of birth and death certificates for Gukurahundi victims according to the publication.
The President’s presence in Bulawayo during the lockdown was confirmed by Infomation Ministry permanent secretary Nick Mangwana and the agenda for his visit was further confirmed by the Justice Ministry’s secretary Mrs Virginia Mabhiza who said:
The issues are mostly to do with birth and death certificates for victims of Gukurahundi and we are also looking at the issue of exhumations, which is currently being handled by the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission.
Our bigger vision is to conduct a launch and His Excellency is going to launch the issuance of births and death certificates in a province of his choice in Matabeleland. We are also looking into the issues of exhumations.
We are here as a follow-up to the July meeting and this is basically a follow-up on issues that we have discussed with the civic society based in Bulawayo. This is not about Gukurahundi issues only but other broader developmental issues affecting the region. There is a lot of progress so far around the issues under discussion.
According to Mangwana, the President’s engagements with Matabeleland will also address the province’s past marginalisation. The meetings are set to take place this morning and the President will reportedly address the civic society and members of the press later today.