Traditional leaders will now lead Gukurahundi exhumations and reburials following protests against any government involvement in the process, CITE reports.
This was part of the resolutions of a consultative meeting President Emmerson Mnangagwa held with Matabeleland traditional leaders at the State House in Bulawayo on Friday last week.
While presenting the resolutions of the State House meeting, Local Government minister July Moyo said chiefs will now lead the process of exhumations and reburials of the victims of the 1980s genocide. Said Moyo:
The consensus that emerged from the two reports (by chiefs) was that in addressing the issue of exhumations and reburials, care should be taken to respect different customs of each area and community. To that end, issues of exhumations and reburials should be led and guided by chiefs as the custodians of customs and culture in their areas of jurisdictions.
Moyo said Mnangagwa is expected to meet the national chiefs’ council led by Chief Fortune Charumbira next week to frame details on the next steps in addressing the issue.
Meanwhile, the Matabeleland-based secessionist political party, the Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRP) had vowed to stop any attempts to push through exhumation and reburials of Gukurahundi victims without the consent of the victims and other stakeholders.