Zipra Veterans Challenge Chaotic Exhumations

The case 880-11 which was filed by the Zipra Veterans Trust lawyers in Bulawayo will be heard on Wednesday by Justice Nicholas Mathonsi.Abameli Human Rights Lawyers Network, a splinter group from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights confirmed to Radio Vop that they would be representing the Zipra veterans.

“ Our clients feel that the government has not followed proper channels in exhuming the graves.They also want the ministries of Home affairs and National Healing to be involved in the exercise which also needs medical experts who will know how to preserve the evidence found, ” Sindizo Mazibisa one of the Abameli lawyers told Radio Vop on Sunday.

Last month the government uncovered mass graves containing the skeletons of people suspected to have died during the struggle for independence in the 70s.Some of the skeletons were retrieved from disused mine shafts in Mashonaland Central province.But pathologists have questioned the discoveries following revelations that the skin of some of the victims was still intact.MDC-T believes some of the remains could be of its supporters who were killed during the violent 2008 elections.

Zipra veterans have also alleged that the remains could be of their colleagues and supporters who were abducted and murdered by Zanu (PF) militants and Zanla guerrillas soon after independence.