Addressing Gukurahundi an important step towards reconciliation: British Embassy

Addressing Gukurahundi an important step towards reconciliation: British Embassy
December 17 11:20 2018
By Staff reporter

The British Embassy in Zimbabwe says solving the issue of Gukurahundi is key towards the unity of Zimbabweans.

Giving an update on the embassy team’s visit to Bulawayo and Matebeleland South on its Facebook page, UKinZimbabwe, the embassy said Gukurahundi remains a topical matter that needs to be addressed.

“As always there was a strong desire to talk about Gukurahundi and the sense of injustice that the relatives of victims still feel about not knowing the fate of their loved ones. We were also briefed on how a second generation of victims continues to suffer as they find it difficult to get crucial documentation such as death certificates so they can access dependents pensions or deeds to property and so forth”, read UKinZimbabwe.

Urging Zimbabwe to address this matter which has remained one of the impediments to unity the embassy said, “We know Gukurahundi is a sensitive subject – but solving these practical problems would be an important step in the process of reconciliation.”

The UKinZimbabwe team also observed the ZANU conference in Matabeleland South alongside other Embassies.

“The ZANU conference itself was as big and colourful as always. We welcomed commitments around devolution – we hope central government will talk to provincial and local council representatives about how to implement an effective model.

“On crucial reforms it was important to hear that AIPPA and POSA will be brought in line with the Constitution by the end of this Parliamentary session and the Commission of Inquiry report will be published this week. Setting firm deadlines and of course sticking to them will give the International Community confidence in the health of the reform process,” said UKinZimbabwe.

The team was also struck by the clear message from Vice President Chiwenga opposing the death penalty, an important priority shared by the embassy.


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