Outspoken Ibhetshu Likazulu secretary-general Mbuso Fuzwayo also said the State’s involvement would “further hurt survivors”.
“It is not proper for Mnangagwa to preside over this process because he is personally conflicted … it is the State that is accused of committing the atrocities against its own people.“Exhumations and reburials must be done to bring healing and closure to the affected communities. However, the government is doing this to score political points,” he said.
“Besides, the NPRC is constitutionally mandated to deal with this subject. This buying of time by endless meetings is nothing but a delaying tactic by the perpetrator coming as the messiah,” Fuzwayo added.
Zapu southern region communication director Patrick Ndlovu said the exhumations and reburial processes required a neutral person.
“The perpetrator cannot prescribe to the victim … it must be a credible victim-centric process,” he said while rejecting government’s leading role in the processes.
On his part, cleric Ray Motsi said regardless of the government’s intention, dealing with Gukurahundi was long overdue.“The problem is there is no government or civic society position. The truth is that we have been caught napping by the government.
“Instead of us preparing best standard locally or internationally, we are only venting.Be that as it may, the NPRC should give guidelines not only on exhumations, but how to holistically deal with the whole problem,” Motsi said.“What about acknowledgement or an apology? When are the victims going to hear that? Most victims have died without hearing an apology or acknowledgement.“The need for sensitivity and consultation with the victims is critical and fundamental.
“The civic society should have prepared the victims and survivors … to ensure that everything is above board.
“We need to see government’s political will not just lip service. It is my prayer and hope that this is not just politicking, but a real attempt to engage and deal with this perennial problem,” Motsi added.
Apart from facilitating the re-burying of the victims, the government also committed itself to providing birth and death certificates to the children and relatives of the affected people who — for decades now — have been facing insurmountable hurdles at the Registrar General’s offices.
Writing in his book, Quiet Flows the Zambezi — which was launched recently towards end of last year — Dube said while Mnangagwa had commendably instructed his government to deal with the emotive saga, officials had done very little practically in that regard.