Call for Gukurahundi Disclosure-ED

Zimbabwe’s President Emerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has called for open dialogue and unity in dealing with the 35 year old Gukurahundi atrocities that allegedly left over 20000 people dead and fractured the social rations between the country’s two main tribes, Shona and Ndebele.

Speaking during an engagement with Chiefs at Bulawayo’s state house, ED highlighted that he had vowed to take a bold step in facing Gukurahundi to allow for unity.

“After all, Churches, Bishops, NGOs and Chiefs, among Others, have always been in existence, yet conflict was Experienced. As President, I took a bold and yet Decisive initiative for the nation to open up, discuss and More importantly, bring to finality this Gukurahundi Issue.”

The President explicitly called for abolishment of all divisions while emphasising effects the divisions following Gukurahundi had on development while depriving locals sovereignty .

“Today we make an unapologetic statement to the effect that tribalism, regionalism and ethnic hostilities have no place in our beloved motherland, Zimbabwe.” The President of Zimbabwe Emerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa said.

Furthermore, “For too long, we have let our differences hinder our collective development. We have allowed external forces with hostile intentions towards this country to dictate to us how we should conduct our affairs and relationships with each other.” Emerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa further said.

The country’s president castigated politicians who haboured on the attrocities of Gukurahundi to gain political Mileage as selfish ditractors.

“Some political Formations have sought to use the Gukurahundi issue as A political weapon which they deploy in the regions of Matabeleland and Midlands in order to gain political Mileage for selfish political ends.” Mnangagwa further emphasised.

The President highlighted that it remains his thrust to foster unity across the length and breath of Zimbabwe’s confines.

“We are determined to build as one nation, acting in unison and speaking with one clear voice. From Zambezi to Limpopo, Plumtree to Mutare, as a unitary State, under one flag, singing one national anthem.” Mnangagwa further emphasised.

Historical atrocities have been used globally to drive and mastermind divisions with Zimbabwe potentially learning from Rwanda who have gone through the Rwanda genocide to forge unity and development especially under Paul Kagame.

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