Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) interim president Nelson Chamisa said that he will bring closure to the Gukurahundi issue once he is voted into office.
Addressing party supporters at a campaign rally at Tsholotsho Business Centre on Monday ahead of the 26 March by-elections, Chamisa said the ruling ZANU PF party cannot resolve Gukurahundi since they were the perpetrators of the killings. He said:
There is this issue of Gukurahundi. I told the late former President Robert Mugabe and the current ZANU PF leadership that you cannot sweep Gukurahundi under the carpet.
This is an unresolved national question that you are unable to solve because you caused it. We can solve it.
We want community leaders, local leaders and everyone to be part of the process of national healing, which does not start from the top, but from the bottom.
We want to hear from you what you want to see in terms of compensation that must be given where it is due. Healing must be given where it’s due.
We are not doing this for retribution, we want to bring people together and that is how you heal a nation, blood speaks and if you don’t make an effort to silence the blood, it will continue to speak.
Gukurahundi killings reportedly claimed 20 000 civilian lives in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces between 1982 and 1987 after the government deployed the North Korea-trained Fifth Brigade to crush alleged “dissidents”.
Tsholotsho is one of the districts in Matabeleland North province where some of the worst Gukurahundi atrocities were committed.