Activists mourn Gukurahundi victims

Source: Activists mourn Gukurahundi victims – The Southern Eye

CIVIC groups and political parties yesterday mourned Gukurahundi victims at a time when the nation was commemorating Unity Day, which came into being after Zanu PF and PF Zapu signed the Unity Accord in 1987.

Ibhetshu LikaZulu secretary-general Mbuso Fuzwayo yesterday said they had organised a memorial for Gukurahundi victims at Stanley Square, but the police turned down their application.

A letter dated December 21, 2022 signed by one Chief Superintendent V Nkomo at Bulawayo Central states said Ibhetshu LikaZulu’s notification to the police fell short of mandatory requirements prescribed by section 7 of the Maintenance of Peace and Order Act [Chapter 11:23].

“We acknowledge receipt of your notification dated December 19 which you submitted on December 20. Your notification still does not comply with the requirements of Mopa, be guided accordingly,” wrote Nkomo.

“The day when there would be sincerity, there will be a narrative for the victim and the perpetrator.  At the end the victim’s narrative will be allowed to stand. As of now the perpetrator wants to prescribe how the victim can heal without the victim’s involvement in the initiative,” Fuzwayo said.

Ibhetshu LikaZulu members Samukeliso Tshuma and Melusi Nyathi were also arrested yesterday.

In a statement, opposition United Zimbabwe Alliance (Uza) said their party would commemorate Unity Day by mourning Gukurahundi victims.

Uza said peace should be promoted during commemorations of the day.

In his Unity Day statement, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the Unity Accord was home-grown, with two liberation movements Zanu and Zapu putting aside their differences for the greater national good.

“Let us always remain mindful that we are a unitary State, with many languages, tribes and cultures, united under one national flag and national anthem. There is no room for division, hatred or conflict,“ Mnangagwa said.