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ZANU-PF chairperson orders blackout on Gukurahundi

ZANU-PF Bulawayo chairperson Killian has ordered journalists to stop writing about Gukurahundi saying they ‘risk disturbing peace.’

Addressing journalists at a press club in Bulawayo Sibanda said journalists should stop talking about Gukurahundi as it was a closed chapter.

“Journalists who were there at the time never said something about it, but now journalists want to take advantage of freedom speech to write about something that can risk conflict,” said Sibanda.

He said scribes should instead promote peace than to tackle issues to do with the Gukurahundi era.

Sibanda’s comments are a sign that his party is still annihilating Matebele surviving victims.

The victims are seeking Truth and Justice and a decent burial of their relatives whose bones are scattered in shallow graves in Zimbabwe.

The 22nd of December 2012 marked 25 years since the Zimbabwe government halted its 1980s Genocide against the Matebele people found in the Southern western parts of Zimbabwe.

Over 20 000 people were killed during this Genocide and millions were displaced to neighbouring African countries and thousands fled to Western countries.

The Genocide was dubbed Gukurahundi by the Zimbabwe government, a Shona word that means the early rain which washes away the chaff before the spring rains.

Genocide Watch, an international organization that exists to predict, prevent, stop and punish genocide and other forms of mass murder recently (2010) declared the mass murder of the Matebele in the 1980’s by the Zimbabwean government a Genocide and therefore a crime against humanity.

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