Youth league rubbishes Mudenda's Gukurahundi apology request

 Youth league rubbishes Mudenda's Gukurahundi apology request
Published: 22 August 2019 (146 Views)
THE increasingly influential Zanu-PF youth league has brushed aside calls by the Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda for authorities to apologise for the 1980s Gukurahundi atrocities, as part of efforts to promote national healing in the country.

This surprise move comes after President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently operation- alised the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) which is spearheading the process of exhuming and interring of the bodies of thousands of victims of the Gukurahundi massacres.

Apart from reburying the victims of those atrocities, the government has also committed to providing birth and death certificates to the children and relatives of the victims who for decades now have been facing insurmount- able hurdles at the Registrar-General's offices.

In a call which was widely welcomed at the time, Mudenda told an NPRC workshop in Bulawayo on Monday that there was need to apologise for previous conflicts to promote national healing.

"Fundamentally, the NPRC must vigorously agitate for the national institutional apology for the past conflicts, especially Entumbane One and Two, as well as the Gukurahundi tragedy.

"Let's confess that era of conflict so that we go beyond the acknowledgement of ‘the moment of madness'.

"Confession is a condition precedent to let- ting bygones be bygones. Once that confession is done, the spring of hope, national healing and reconciliation will abundantly germinate without any doubt," Mudenda said. However, the ruling party's youth league has dismissed Mudenda's call, saying former president Robert Mugabe and the late vice president Joshua Nkomo knew what had led to the conflict.

"Who is going to apologise and in what capacity? Only ... Mugabe and ... Nkomo know what led to the conflicts. The two led Zimbabwe at that stage and in their wisdom chose not to do what the new leadership is now pushed to do.

"Is this not a case of shifting blame to the one who will do it on behalf of these former leaders?

"With this in mind, my conclusion is that the Speaker should re-look at the facts and see whether it's rational to ask someone to atone for other people's responsibilities," youth league boss Pupurai Togarepi said yesterday.

Entumbane 1 and 2 refer to the 1981 uprisings by former combatants who had fought the liberation war on the Zipra side the military wing of Zapu that was led by Nkomo.

It is estimated that about 20 000 people, mainly in Matabeleland and Midlands, were subsequently killed when the government deployed the North Korea-trained Fifth Brigade to the two regions, to fight an insurrection there.

Unity Day was later launched to commemorate the Unity Accord which was subsequently signed between Zapu and Zanu on December 22, 1987, and which ended hostilities between the two parties.

Mnangagwa, who served as Mugabe's right-hand man for nearly 54 years, has been keen to bring closure to the emotive Gukurahundi saga.

- dailynews

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