MDC-T secretary general Douglas Mwonzora has issued out a statement to the public apologising for saying that Gukurahundi was not a genocide but a civil war where both the perpetrators and the victims could be viewed to have an equal responsibility.

The statement made some to conclude that Mwonzora is supporting the actions of the government during the dark period thus forcing the reinstated SG to clarify his position.

Mwonzora said Gukurahundi was a genocide which targeted ethnically and culturally distinct comlunitoes for indiscriminate mass killings in order to achieve political goal.

More than 20 000 people in Matebeleland and Midlands lost their lives in 1983 to 1987.

Mwonzora said the Gukurahundi victims have to be compensated as part of post confict restorative justice which must include truth telling and reconciliation.