Jeffrey Muvundusi 23 January 2019
BULAWAYO – Gukurahundi survivors have applied for permission to petition
and hand over skeletons of victims of the 1980’s mass killings to
government to press authorities to attend to the emotive issue.
According to a letter addressed to Bulawayo police dated January 4, the
Gukurahundi survivors upped their push for recognition by seeking
permission to hold a memorial procession.
The procession has been slated for February 3 where the organisers will
hand over skeletons of the Gukurahundi victims at the Mhlahlandlela
“Notice to transport Gukurahundi skeletons to Mhlahlandlela Government
Complex. We do hereby notify you that on the 3rd of February 2019, we will
be holding a memorial procession for Gukurahundi victims from the City
Hall at 0900 hours to Mhlahlandlela Government Complex,” the letter signed
by the Gukurahundi survivors reads in part.
By the time of going to press yesterday, police had not granted clearance
to the application.
One of the organisers of the procession, Charles Thomas, this week
confirmed the development.
“We are yet to get any response from the police but we will never rest
until the Gukurahundi issue is resolved. We will keep piling pressure on
government to attend to the 1980’s genocide,” he said.
He, however, refused to be drawn into discussing where they will get the
skeletons they seek to deliver.