More mass graves discovered

HARARE - More mass graves have been discovered in Gokwe, where scores were allegedly killed in the post-2008 election violence, Midlands senator Morgen Komichi has said.

This comes as Mashonaland East MDC Senator Jane Chifamba in February this year told Senate that government must exhume bodies allegedly buried in a mass grave in Marondera.

At least 200 people linked to the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) were reportedly killed while 200 000 were allegedly displaced following the violence that erupted after President Robert Mugabe was defeated by long-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai in the historic March 2008 poll.

Komichi urged the Senate to set up an inquiry in light of the recurrent reports of grave violations and the discovery of the mass graves.

“This past week I was in Chireya and I was shown 12 graves,” he told the Senate.

“From there, I went to Nembudziya where I was shown 12 graves,” Komichi said.

He said residents of the areas are now staying in fear.

“When you talk about political campaigns or elections, there is fear in them because they associate it with violence.

“We also know that there are some people who are denied food hand-outs which come from the State because they are labelled as people who belong to a wrong party,” Komichi said.

“This is structural violence because it is engrained in the procedures and administration.

“This can be removed from our society if we all agree that we are denouncing violence.”

He said violence was being used as a tool to maintain grip on power by intimidating opponents.

“Why should you be elected into power through violence? Getting into power through such means is very bad and has no respect. Our country has no trading partners because it is known as a violent country and hence everybody shuns it,” he said, adding a stop to violence was crucial to the lifting of Western sanctions against Mugabe and his inner circle, a move that would allow Harare to normalise relations with international financiers.

In her Senate brief, Chifamba said: “We have a mass grave in Marondera where people were buried in 2008. The people were buried in this unmarked grave.”

“We are saying political violence is a scourge. I remember during those days if you were to go for whatever reason visiting Marondera mortuary, you would feel the pain and be terrified because of the bodies thrown around,” she said.

“Some of the bodies had some pungent smell and a lot of maggots. These were the bodies of people who had died during that political turmoil,” she said.

“As a result, we are saying as human beings, let us respect each other’s political beliefs because it comes even to a case where we have some street kids fighting. As a person, you must be touched by that.”

Comments (7)

All the perpetrators of violence that takes away people'sn lives will payy in one way or the other.Thats a fact of life.You can never kill a human being who was created in the Creator's image and get away with it.All you zanu pf murderers,you may think you are safe after killing scores of people because your murderous party protects you,but believe you me,you are like lunatics trying ti hide behind burnt bushes.Either avenging spirits, physical revenge by the relatives of those that you killed, revenge through black magic or ultimately punishment by The Creator Himself will catch up with you sooner or later.Never think it will just vanish away like that.Some are actually paying at the moment through madness,sickness,deaths,avenging spirits.Some of the guys that we see roaming the streets as vagrants is a result of their evil acts against fellow human beings.NGOZI WILL NEVER GO TO ZANU PF BUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

Janana wa Bikaz - 19 May 2017

Mr Journalist, please show us evidence in the form of pictures not just a long story

Mentalist - 19 May 2017

Life is a balance equation . Take heed

Amai Mandigona - 20 May 2017

Life , INDEED , is a balanced equation

Amai Mandigona - 20 May 2017

another tragic reminder of why this tyrannical regime must be deposed and all who sail with her must face the law.....we need loads of new jails not new cars for zanoid looters

mark - 20 May 2017

mahwani

padenga - 20 May 2017

Murderers. Zanu PF vampires rule by fear. Even during the war they would kill"sellouts" in public so as to instil fear into others. Is that democracy? That is similar to rape. Your days are numbered.

Tongo - 20 May 2017

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