2022 Census Results Expose Gukurahundi Impact On Matabeleland Population – Freedom Alliance Party

The Freedom Alliance political party says Gukurahundi was a deliberate strategy adopted by the ZANU PF-led government to depopulate Matabeleland for its own political interests.

The Deputy National Leader of the Freedom Alliance party, Moses Mzila Ndlovu claimed the 2022 Census preliminary results expose the impact of Gukurahundi on the population of Matabeleland.

According to the report released by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) last week, Bulawayo recorded the lowest annual growth rate (0.2 per cent), with a population of 665 940 slightly up from 653 337 compiled in 2012.

Bulawayo’s population constitutes 4.4 per cent of the national population, Matabeleland North – 5.5 per cent and Matabeleland South province makes up five per cent.

Speaking in an interview with CITE, Ndlovu, who was the national healing minister during the Government of National Unity (GNU), accused the government of “using state employees from the statistical offices and academics” to produce lies and support their data. He said:

One, there has never been a proper census since 1980 and two, the most important issue around population was the depopulation of Matabeleland by Gukurahundi carried out by ZANU PF.

Up to today, we don’t have the nearest figure on the numbers of people killed and those who left the country.

He said the nearest record of statistical evidence of people that were killed during Gukurahundi was done by the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP). Said Ndlovu:

Given the circumstances of security issues around Matabeleland, the movement of CCJP was inhibited and they tried to produce a thorough job while people were also scared from telling the truth, something which is still with us today.

The whole truth around Gukurahundi has never been exposed and my argument is Matabeleland was depopulated deliberately.

It was a strategy by ZANU PF, as part of their agenda against the people of Matabeleland. Yes, they depopulated Matabeleland by killing people.

… ZANU PF must take the blame but is not going to accept the blame because it was part of their agenda to destroy the population.

More: CITE

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