Mnangagwa meets chiefs to resolve Gukurahundi- says none but ourselves can determine our destiny


Our Journey has been marked by collaboration with various organisations, civic societies, faith-based groups and Chiefs from Matabeleland North and South. Through extensive consultations, a comprehensive report and a manual guiding the conduct of this exercise have been developed, setting the stage for a transformative journey towards healing. We must also commend Matabeleland Collective for their active role in this process since inception.

I’m informed that over 1 008 service providers, including Chiefs from the affected regions, have been capacitated and trained to conduct the Gukurahundi Community Outreach Programme. Their commitment and dedication exemplifies the spirit of unity that defines us as a nation. These individuals have been equipped with the skills necessary to navigate this delicate process, ensuring that every voice is heard, and every story is acknowledged.

My fellow Zimbabweans, I want to assure you that all the necessary equipment and modalities are in place for the successful implementation of this mammoth task. All the participants of this exercise have been availed with the necessary equipment to enable them to achieve our noble objectives.

My fellow compatriots I cannot over emphasize the fact that this initiative is being implemented for the benefit of our people. Our commitment is a victim centred approach remains steadfast, ensuring that the process is not just efficient but also emphatic.

Fellow Zimbabweans, as we approach the official launch in the first quarter of this year, I want to acknowledge the challenges we face. Disinformation and political posturing have attempted to cast a shadow over our efforts. This is not a recent phenomenon, the unity agreement of 1987, which serves as the foundation of our current initiative, was consummated against the efforts of hostile elements some of which were instrumental in the sowing of seeds of division amongst us. These challenges are not insurmountable and as was the case in the past they shall not succeed. In the face of these challenges, we stand united, driven by a shared commitment to reconciliation, and healing.

Our dedication to the resolution of the Gukurahundi issue is unwavering. We understand the need for closure. While we hope that this process will not extend beyond a year, we are prepared to invest the time required to bring about a resolution that is just, comprehensive, and accepted by all parties involved.

My Fellow Zimbabweans, I am also pleased to announce that the budgets for the Gukurahundi Community Outreach Programme is confirmed and in place. We are committed to ensuring transparency and accountability in this process, and the figures will be reviewed before being made public.

In closing, let us remember that this journey is not just about addressing the wounds of the past; it is about building a stronger, more united Zimbabwe for the future. The Gukurahundi Community Outreach Programme is a testament to our collective resilience and determination to confront our history with courage and compassion.

May this initiative be a beacon of hope, paving the way for healing, understanding and a brighter future for all Zimbabweans. “Okonakalayo elizweni, kulungiswa ngabanikazi balo. Zvinokanganisika munyika, zvinogadziriswa nevene vayo.

Nyika inovakwa nevene vayo. Thank you, and may God bless our great nation, our beloved Zimbabwe.



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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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