Charumbira says chiefs have capacity to resolve any conflict including Gukurahundi


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Senator Chief Fortune Charumbira says traditional leaders have the capacity to resolve any conflict including the Gukurahundi massacres which remain unresolved more than 30 years after they occurred.

He told President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday that chiefs had resolved that they are best able to resolve conflicts because they affect their communities.

Chiefs are holding their annual conference in Kadoma which began on Sunday and ends tomorrow.

Chief Charumbira said in Rwanda they had tried to bring in international tribunals but they failed to resolve the conflict which was only resolved when the chiefs stepped in.

Zimbabwe has established a National Peace and Reconciliation Commission to look into conflicts and is chaired by a retired High Court judge Selo Nare.

Nare told the media two months ago that the Gukurahundi issue is not going to be buried before it is resolved.

“The violator is also carrying a burden because he has violated the law. The person who has been wronged is also carrying a burden. We are going to the people and say to them tell us what do we do,” he said.

“We are quite aware as a commission that people are still bleeding from inside because of that injury of Gukurahundi and hence they need to be healed. Very soon we will be spreading out to the area of Matabeleland and Midlands and dealing with the issue of Gukurahundi.”

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