EX Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) combatants have accused the Zanu PF led government of distributing properties seized from the former during the Gukurahundi genocide to Zanu PF politicians, New Zimbabwe reports.
During Gukurahundi in the early 1980s, the government reportedly seized properties belonging to Nitram (Pvt) Ltd after an alleged discovery of arms caches in some ZIPRA farms in the Midlands and Bulawayo provinces and the government is still holding onto the same properties 3 decades later.
This was revealed by ZIPRA Veterans Association leader Buster Magwizi who told journalists that:
Right now, we think they are just dilly dallying, wasting a lot of time and in the meantime they are parcelling out, demerging Nitram properties and issuing them out to Zanu PF like Nijo farm and other properties given out to other people.
After we had presented to the President our issue on February 14, then we see this anomaly when (Late Perrance) Shiri issues Nijo farm to Zanu PF.
This is unheard of. It is unfair. It is like stealing from the dead. Bones will speak one day, so we want our properties back.
Magwizi said they tried speaking to President Mnangagwa about the issue but he shut them out:
At State House, we implored the President that we need these properties but the response that came from the President was kind of door shutting in terms of replies.
He said you people have a board that is sitting. Why don’t you use that board to come and we discuss your properties.
But what is obvious is it is them who expropriated our properties. It is them who impounded our properties, so now we are going knees and elbows to beg for our properties. It is very shameful
The atrocities that took place during the Gukurahundi era are always coming up despite the ruling party’s attempt to try and move on from the infamous genocide and its devastating effects.
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