Zimbabwe’s NPRC Seeks Closure on Gukurahundi Genocide

NPRC Seeks Closure on Gukurahundi Genocide
Appearing before the Parliamentary Thematic Committee on Peace & Security last week, NPRC deputy chairperson Lilian Chigwedere said Gukurahundi was the “top conflict” that the NPRC was addressing.

Deputy Chairperson of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC), chairperson Lilian Chigwedere has said the Commission is working with Government and other relevant stakeholders to bring closure to the Gukurahundi issues.

Appearing before the Parliamentary Thematic Committee on Peace & Security last week, NPRC deputy chairperson Lilian Chigwedere who was appointed by President Mnangagwa last month, said Gukurahundi was the “top conflict” that the NPRC was addressing.

She reiterated that it could not be ignored and there was need to foster national unity and development.

Chief Fuyane unveiling the Gukurahundi genocide memorial plaque in Bhalagwe, also present was Chief Mathema

“Gukurahundi is one of the immediate issues this commission has to work on and quickly bring closure in order to bring unity, national cohesion and foster development.

“As a commission, we have to work hard to bring this issue to closure. It has been talked off for over 30 years now.

“Against this background, we are working with all relevant stakeholders and Government as we try to shelve this issue for good and move as one Zimbabwe,” said Chigwedere.

Within this year, the Commission has dealt with 758 conflict cases across the country. She said the commission remained guided by President Mnangagwa that the country had to openly speak about Gukurahundi in order to resolve the sensitive matter.

The Commission plans to invite experts to enlighten the new commissioners and also visit Rwanda – to examine how the country managed to bring closure on the Tutsi and Hutu genocide of 1994.

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