Government has been urged to set up a fund to accelerate the exhumation and reburial of freedom fighters massacred during the liberation struggle with some having been thrown into mine shafts.

War Veterans Manicaland Provincial Chairperson Cde Gift Kagweda says the nation must honour fallen gallant sons and daughters of the country by affording them descent burial and this calls for a financing process for this task to be set up.

“The reburial of freedom fighters and people who were massacred during atrocities committed by the colonial regime is a right that should be dully accorded to the gallant sons and daughters of the country.

“There is need for proper funding to conduct the exhumations and reburial processes,” said Kagweda.

Zanu PF Manicaland Chairperson Cde Mike Madiro who was represented by the party Provincial Secretary for Finance Cde Misheck Mugadza and the Fallen Heroes of Zimbabwe Trust Chairperson Dr Arthur Makanda, concur there is need for more support to towards the exhumation process.

“The exhumation and reburial of freedom fighters is a national process that lacks recognition and legal support, a situation that has resulted in gross under funding,” said Mugadza.

According to the Fallen Heroes of Zimbabwe Trust, there are still many freedom fighters in the country and outside the country requiring decent reburial with the exhumation and reburial process expected to take decades to be concluded if funding is not availed for the process.

Meanwhile, there was an emotional reburial process at Matumba 6 Shrine in Mutasa where 15 people and freedom fighters, massacred by the colonial regime and thrown into a disused mine shaft at Odzi Mine in Marange, were finally reburied.