exhumed bodies4.jpgGovernment through the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe and the Fallen Heroes of Zimbabwe Trust is in the process of conducting identification of remains exhumed at Chibondo Mine for reburial at a shrine which is currently being built at the site.

The identification process which is being undertaken by experts who include archaeologists is at an advanced stage with more than 400 remains having been identified and analysed to ascertain the cause and background surrounding their death.

Chief Archaeologist for the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe, Mr. Kundishora Chipunza said data that includes direct archaeological evidence that will help in determining the dates and cause of deaths of the dumped victims is being collected.

Fallen Heroes of Zimbabwe Trust Chief Exhumer, Cde Jimmy Motsi said contrary to some media reports, the identification process has revealed that the massacre occurred at the height of the liberation struggle and was perpetrated by the Smith regime.

Among items found on the remains were colonial era cigarettes, Rhodesian currency, hand grenades, Chinese military attire and registration books used as identity documents for blacks during the days of white minority rule.

Fallen Heroes of Zimbabwe Trust Chairman Cde George Rutanhire said the reburial of fallen comrades will continue despite challenges being faced by the trust.

The identification process will lead to the reburial of over 800 remains exhumed at Chibondo Mine with construction of the shrine underway, despite delays due to government bureaucracy and protocols.