ZANU PF Youth League secretary, Pupurai Togarepi has spoken against a call made by National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda that the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission should agitate for an apology to be made to Gukurahundi victims.
Togarepi asserted that only the former President RG Mugabe and the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo know what caused the Gukurahundi conflicts and they are the one who should have apologised. He said:
Who is going to apologize and in what capacity? Only the Former President RG Mugabe and the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo know what led to the conflicts.
The two led Zimbabwe at that stage and in their wisdom chose not to do what the new Leadership is now pushed to do. Is this not a case of shifting blame to the one who will do it on behalf of these former leaders?
With this in mind, my conclusion is the Speaker should relook at the facts and see whether its rationale to ask someone to atone other people’s responsibilities. We were all there and why didn’t we ask those responsible to atone then?
Mudenda on Monday encouraged the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) to “vigorously agitate” for a national apology to the victims of the Gukurahundi genocide in the Midlands and Matabeleland provinces.