Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRP) leader Mqondisi Moyo says Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) leader Nelson Chamisa will not solve issues like Gukurahundi that are affecting people of Matabeleland.
He said Chamisa’s claims that he will resolve the Gukurahundi issue and other issues in the region were a political gimmick meant to solicit votes.
Gukurahundi took place between 1982-87 in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces where an estimated 20 000 people were killed by the Fifth Brigade, a parallel unit of the Zimbabwe National Army.
Chamisa claimed at a rally in Bulawayo on March 6 that he was ready to comprehensively address the issue, widely considered the darkest period in post-independent Zimbabwe. He said:
Matabeleland, we have your answer as CCC. I know there is the issue of Gukurahundi, I know the only leader umfana omncane (the young boy) is the only one who’s capable to deal with truth and reconciliation in the country. First of all, let’s accept that there was violation of our citizens’ rights.
Chamisa also pledged to address the perennial water challenge by completing the Zambezi Water project that was mooted in 1912 and has to date remained a dream.
Moyo accused Chamisa of grandstanding in order to win votes. He said:
This is one of his campaign strategies and I advise our people not to be carried away. No Shona person will solve our problems. They won’t because they want to take advantage of us all the time.
If he is genuine, he should be saying this (talking about Gukurahundi) everywhere he goes because even his kinsmen should know about his plans. But he knows that addressing Gukurahundi may not be acceptable to Mashonaland people which is why he talks about it only when he is in Matabeleland.
He added that Chamisa and “everyone should know and admit that Gukurahundi was not politically motivated. Instead, it was tribally motivated.”
Moyo added that “ZANU PF only implemented Gukurahundi on behalf of the entire Shona community.”
Moyo’s remarks are dangerous as they can incite violence.