President Emmerson Mnangagwa is on Saturday expected to hold a meeting with chiefs from the Matabeleland region in Bulawayo to, among other issues, review progress in addressing issues related to Gukurahundi.
Several chiefs from Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South will today and tomorrow hold meetings to deliberate on the subject ahead of the meeting with Mnangagwa on Saturday.
Vice President Dr Constantino Chiwenga is also expected to attend the high-powered meeting on Saturday.
The others expected to attend the meeting are the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and Local Government and Public Works officials.
Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi on Wednesday confirmed the development, saying the chiefs are expected to add flesh on the agenda of the meeting. Said Ziyambi:
Ask the chiefs, we are just facilitators, we have been invited as well. I’m sure they will be happy to tell you because we don’t want it to appear as if it’s our meeting when it’s their meeting.
President of the National Council of Chiefs, Chief Charumbira who is expected to be part of the meeting said he could not comment over the phone.
But sources close to the developments told the Chronicle that the Gukurahundi issue is expected to top the agenda.
Gukurahundi is a term used to refer to the 1980s massacre of an estimated 20 000 people mainly from the Ndebele ethnic group by the Zimbabwe National Army’s 5th brigade, trained by North Koreans.
Gukurahundi is derived from a Shona language term that loosely translates to “the early rain which washes away the chaff before the spring rains”. For the Gukurahundi timeline click here.