“Before the issue of compensation, at least an acknowledgement of the fact that he was wronged from the State is something that would be very positive for him and also for us as a family, rather than a situation where they just keep quiet as if nothing happened. Then on the issue of compensation, he is somebody who is living with disability, he needs some kind of assistance.”
ZimRights director Dzikamai Bere blasted government for “lying” that it was helping the victims.
“Mr Manyeruke is a representative of citizens out there who have been hurt and continue to get hurt by the State. The fact that a government official finds it more important to come to a journalist and lie about compensation for victims and they have made no attempt to get in touch with the families tells you there is no humanity in that policy,” he said.
Bere called on Mnangagwa to take the nation out of protracted political disputes.
“Why I say that there is no humanity is because issues of transitional justice are built by leadership with compassion. It means they say we understand and appreciate that we have hurt each other in the past and the State is the main actor in contributing to that pain, we want to correct this and the people who are at the centre are those who have been hurt the most,” he said.
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