Exhumation unAfrican: Mphoko

Exhumation unAfrican: Mphoko

Source: Exhumation unAfrican: Mphoko | The Herald March 3, 2017

Auxilia Katongomara Bulawayo Bureau
ACTING President Phelekezela Mphoko has said that the Government will not dig up mass graves of people who died during post-independence disturbances in Midlands Province and Matabeleland region, saying to do so is unAfrican. The Acting President who is also the Minister of National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation said the Peace and Reconciliation Bill was already in place and would be tabled before Parliament next week.

“We cannot go to the mass graves and start digging. It is not in our African culture. What we are only going to do is to put a big plaque which will indicate that there are people who were buried there,” he told Parliament on Wednesday.

“Those with bones that are visible by the grave site, we will take the bones and rebury them properly. It will be done within the law.”

He said the drafting of the Peace and Reconciliation Bill was now complete to address the “five scars of the disturbances.”

“I would like to indicate that the Act is coming next week to Parliament. What is important is that what the Member of Parliament is asking is where we are exactly. I would like to indicate that we have five major points that we are looking at as the minister responsible, which is what we refer to as the scars of Gukurahundi,” said Acting President Mphoko.

He said among the scars was the issue of identity documents and reburial of people buried in open graves.

“I have said there are five scars of Gukurahundi. The first one is death and birth certificates. The second one is the reburial of people, especially those who had bones that are still visible outside the graves. The third one is empowering the people. Mr Speaker Sir, those five points are critical because we have already spoken to the Minister of Home Affairs about it,” he said.

An announcement would be made and there will be mobile stations in all the areas all over the country for people to get birth certificates.

“The second one is where we will be dealing with the open graves and those are the only points we will be dealing with,” said the Acting President.


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    Chatham House 1 year

    Leaving the exhumation part aside – it is good to now know that Zanu has accepted the one aspect of the Gukuruhundi – Death. This a start. Death when caused by a third party has a number of frames of reference.
    1. Murder 2. Manslaughter 3. Culpable Homicide. Now we have these three more points for the Bill to consider. Now we move to the law. As far as I am aware there are two more facts for the VP to put in his Reconciliation Bill. 1. Men Rea – intent and then 2. Actus read – action.
    The fascinating part about the crime now is that the VP has admitted to the death of the victims. Now we need to go back to Court and have trials for a few lovely gentlemen in Zimbabwe whom you may have heard of before – Robert Mugabe and Perence Shiri. It is very good that VP Maphoko has pleaded guilty to the death part – it makes the trial so much easier. This has been a long process – over 35 years.

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    Chatham House 1 year

    One question for the VP and the President themselves – exhumation is unAfrican in their opinion. But what about a state sponsored genocide – is that African or un African in terms of culture?

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    Homo Erectus 1 year

    It is African, 100%. Rwanda, Sudan, Burundi, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Angola.