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President Mnangagwa in Bulawayo to meet Chiefs over Gukurahundi

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa is holding an interactive meeting with Chiefs from Matabeleland region at Bulawayo State House this Saturday morning.

His office says this shows his Government’s efforts to achieve national peace and healing “which is critical for continued unity and sustainable development”.

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliament Affairs Virginia Mabhiza confirmed that President Mnangagwa will receive feedback from the National Council of Chiefs which has been consulting stakeholders from Matabeleland.

“His Excellency the President will receive recommendations on how to deal with issues related to Gukurahundi… This meeting is a demonstration of His Excellency’s commitment to find a lasting solution to matters affecting the region and, in particular the Gukurahundi,” said Mabhiza.

She added that various ministers and senior government officials are expected to attend the meeting, saying this is one of the many fruitful internal engagements initiated by the Second Republic.

Mnangagwa arrived in Bulawayo yesterday evening aboard an Air Zimbabwe plane. He was accompanied by the Minister of Local Government and Public Works, July Moyo, the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Ziyambi Ziyambi and the acting registrar general, Henry Machiri.

On the ground to welcome him was Bulawayo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Judith Ncube, Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Kazembe Kazembe and State Security Minister Owen Ncube, Service Chiefs and other senior Government officials.

Minister Kazembe said the President and chiefs meeting is aimed at resolving the Gukurahundi subject.

“It’s significant, it’s a continuation of a series of meetings that he has been having with chiefs. There are a number of issues that are still outstanding. As you would appreciate our President is a listening President, he has been engaging chiefs. So, this is probably the fourth meeting on the same issue,” he said.

Mnangagwa says he is committed to address the Gukurahundi issue and has encouraged citizens to openly speak on the subject as part of the measures to confront the country’s dark past.

Following a meeting with traditional leaders last year, it was resolved that chiefs would lead the exhumation and reburial of Gukurahundi victims as they better understand customs and traditions of their subjects.

Mnangagwa has also engaged civil society leaders as part of efforts to address Gukurahundi and among the groups he has met is Matabeleland Collect.

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