Publish Gukurahundi report, Mugabe told

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Although Gukurahundi is regarded as “taboo” that cannot be debated publicly, Ndlovu charged that “the matter was a true history which has been deliberately omitted in the country’s mainstream writings and films hence the need to convey it on screen”.

PARLIAMENTARIANS should push for the release of the Chihambakwe investigation report on the Gukurahundi massacres to find closure to the 1980s disturbances in Matabeleland, the MDC-T has said.

NQOBANI NDLOVU
STAFF REPORTER

The Chihambakwe Commission of Inquiry was established by President Robert Mugabe in 1983 to investigate the genocide and to assuage widespread international and domestic criticism of the killings in Matabeleland and the Midlands.

The findings of the inquiry were never made public.

According to the Catholic Commission for Peace and Justice CCJP, the disturbances left about 20 000 civilians’ dead.

MDC T spokesperson Obert Gutu said the release of the report would enable Zimbabwe to find closure on Gukurahundi.

“Consequently, there has been no closure to the highly emotive issue pertaining to the Gukurahundi genocide,” MDC-T-spokesperson-Obert-Gutu
“Consequently, there has been no closure to the highly emotive issue pertaining to the Gukurahundi genocide,” MDC-T-spokesperson-Obert-Gutu

“The Chihambakwe Commission of Inquiry report was duly compiled and presented to the president,” he said yesterday.

“However, for reasons best known to the president and his team of advisors, the Chihambakwe Report has never been made public, almost 30 years after it was completed and presented to the head of State and the government.

“Consequently, there has been no closure to the highly emotive issue pertaining to the Gukurahundi genocide.”

Gutu said parliamentarians should be given access to that report and the matter debated in the legislature.

“In an endeavour to bring closure to the Gukurahundi genocide phase of our post-independence history, the Parliament of Zimbabwe should immediately be granted access to the Chihambakwe Report so that the same may be debated and the recommendations made therein either be formally adopted or rejected,” he said.

Bulawayo-based pressure group Ibhetshu Likazulu once lodged a court application demanding the release of the Dumbutshena and Chahambakwe Commission reports that contain findings of the Matabeleland disturbances during the 1980s.

The Dumbutshena Report contained the findings of a commission of inquiry into the disturbances at Entumbane and other demobilisation camps following clashes in February 1981 between Zipra and Zanla guerrillas, while the Chihambakwe Report contains findings of a commission of inquiry investigating the Gukurahundi genocide.

The two committees reported to then prime minister, Mugabe.

Their deliberations were never made public.

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  1. The gukurahundi army was set up by Mugabe for a purpose, the chihambakwe commission was set up for a purpose too, it was set up by the same many who had set up gukurahundi.the purpose of chihambakwe commission was to find out whether the gukurahundi army had served its purpose of which was to commit atrocities as much as it can to instil fear in those regions the Mugabe regime deemed a threate to their new found freedom.The chihambakwe commission did come with a report which was good to the Mugabe regime and they were happy and they are still happy about it that not less than 20000 innocent people were killed in cold blood for mugabe and his croonies to at least have peace of mind.However what they did not know by then was in so doing they were creating bad records for themselves for which people shall be eager to know . Time shall come when no one shall stop us from visiting those archives and that the truth shall come out and many shall wish to have not participated in those atrocities.

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