While no one is denying that the graves and corpses are genuine, many are questioning the timing of this "discovery" and whether they are truly victims of the liberation war. As a result, Mugabe is now under pressure to order the exhumation of the thousands that were murdered in the 1980s during the Gukurahundi massacres. More than 20,000 innocent people are believed to have been murdered by the North Korea-trained Fifth Brigade with Mugabe's government claiming at the time that they wanted to crush a rebellion by supposed dissidents.
Zanu-PF ministers have been on hand to declare that the corpses were victims of the liberation struggle, murdered by forces of the white Rhodesian leader, Ian Smith, during the 1970s. Indigenisation Minister Saviour Kasukuwere and others have been quick to build political capital out of the gruesome site - explicitly linking the past atrocities to the alleged "pro-white" tendencies of their current rivals in the MDC.
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