Gukurahundi is a wound that needs healing. Healing will come with acknowledgement and justice.
One stubborn thing about history is that it would have already occurred, as such, is now indelible, and the best way – if not, the only way – to deal with it is to address any injustices and dark skeletons found therein – as not doing so, would be setting a time-bomb, that will explode sooner or later.
Historical injustices, like dirt, can not be merely swept under the carpet, and hope for the best – as the aggrieved will grow more sour by each passing day – whose results would be catastrophic.
It is in this vein that I found the recent comments by Zimbabwe vice president Kembo Mohadi, suggesting that we all bury our heads in the sand, and act as if there have not been any historical injustices amongst the people of this nation.
Has the man never heard of ngozi having to be appeased regardless of the attitudes of the family? We can’t just pretend that nothing has occurred. Can the death of 20,000 Ndebele people be ignored? Swept away as if nothing has occurred.
Mohadi has equated Gukurahundi – a purely ZANU PF matter – to the Ndebele attacks on the Shona – and taking their ‘beautiful women and fat cattle’ – Mohadi is the one perverting these whole issues into a tribal conflict.
The Shona were not the perpetrators of Gukuruhundi. ED and his ZANU PF junta were. Their insistence to hide behind tribes and tribal disputes is pitiful and shameful. Their arrogance at believing that they will not be held to account for the heinous acts in Matabeleland is outright outrageous.
If ever there is to be genuine healing in Zimbabwe, we all need to be open and candid with our grievances. The Ndebele obviously feel aggrieved by Gukurahundi, and the Shona also feel aggrieved that their ‘beautiful women and fat cattle’ were taken by the Ndebele – and these issues need to be addressed.
There are a lot of unsettled issues in Zimbabwe, and the sooner they are boldly addressed, the better – as failing to do so will only lead to disaster. History teaches us that pressing grievances are only resolved, not by being swept under the carpet, but discussed openly – with the willingness for peace and reconciliation.
By suggesting that addressing historical injustices and grievances only leads to further conflict, the ZANU PF regime is being disingenuous and hypocritical.