April 10, 2019
President Emmerson Mnangagwa pledged to facilitate the exhumation and reburial of Gukurahundi victims, provision of counselling and medical assistance to victims and survivors as well as issuance of identity documents to the affected. This comes as the government has begun the process of finding redress to the 1980’s mass killings, which claimed over 20 000 lives in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces. Mnangagwa last month met clergy and civic groups from Matabeleland region under the banner, Matabeleland Collective (MC). The CSOs pressed him to shed light on what his administration was doing to attend to mounting calls for closure to the emotive issue where over 20 000 civilians were killed in the southern region by the North Korean-trained army unit, Fifth Brigade. The meeting was held at the Bulawayo State House. Some of the demands included decriminalising Gukurahundi and allowing victims and survivors to discuss their experiences without fear of arrest. MC convenor Trevor Masuku said the government had formally responded to their concerns “in the form of an implementation matrix” that was announced by Justice ministry secretary Virginia Mabiza.