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Chamisa Calls For TRC On Gukurahundi Massacres

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THE Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) leader Nelson Chamisa has called on the Zimbabwean government to set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to deal with the Gukurahundi massacres which resulted in more than 20,000 deaths in the Matabeleland region in the 1980s.

Chamisa, who leads the country's main opposition party made the remarks while addressing thousands of his supporters in Bulawayo.

He said most people whose parents died during Gukurahundi operation still have no birth certificates.

"Until we deal with the issue of killings that happened here in Matebeleland, this country won’t move forward so we want truth, forgiveness and also compensation. If you are willing to compensate white farmers, why not compensate families here who lost their relatives? There are people here who have no documents because their parents were killed. We can’t sweep this matter under the carpet and when we get into government we will sort that out," he said.

Chamisa said former president Robert Mugabe neglected the people of the Matabeleland region and promise to decentralise government if he gets elected into power.

"Harare can’t be a centre for everything, why should people go to Harare for birth certificates. Why can’t we get it online here in Bulawayo? Devolution is our revolution," he said.

Chamisa is campaigning around the country ahead of the July elections where he is expected to go head-to-head with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Coalition partner to Chamisa's party, Welshman Ncube, said a new government under Chamisa would revive the Zimbabwean economy.

"This is the time for young people to run the country because their future was stolen by Mugabe. These ones who are saying 'Zimbabwe is open for business' are the ones who were helping

Mugabe to destroy the economy," he said.


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