Heal Zimbabwe stands in solidarity with Mthwakazi Republic activists’ call for Truth and Justice for Gukurahundi.  We strongly condemn their arrest, torture and continued detention. The activists should be allowed to exercise their democratic right to demonstrate and petition as provided for in section 59 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. The activists were demonstrating for justice, truth, healing and reconciliation during a prayer meeting held at Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Bulawayo, which was officiated by President E.D Mnangagwa on the 31st of December 2017. The youth were detained at Bred Barracks for 5 hours where they were assaulted and later handed over to the police. They appeared in Court today, 02 January 2018 but  their charges were withdrawn after the police failed to bring them before the court in the stipulated 48 hours. All the eight youth sustained injuries from the assault.

 It is Heal Zimbabwe’s view that as long as key reconciliation issues such as Gukurahundi remain unaddressed, the country can never achieve wholesome and meaningful healing and reconciliation. Instead of crushing demonstrations on Gukurahundi and traumatising an already traumatised populace, the new administration must without hesitation, take the initiative to encourage truth telling so as to bring closure to this emotive reconciliation issue.

 Heal Zimbabwe notes with great concern, the unconstitutional role by the military in arrests and torturing of citizens. This runs contrary to the assurance by the CDF Let General Valerio Sibanda on the 18th of December 2017 that the military were going back to the barracks. The maintenance of law and order, especially dealing with eight unarmed civilians, is the responsibility of the police.

 Heal Zimbabwe notes that the issues raised by the activists are not knew. Chapter 12, section 252 of the constitution provides for the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) with the mandate to (c) “bring about national reconciliation by encouraging people to tell the truth about the past and facilitating the making of amends and the provision of justice, (d) to develop procedures and institutions at a national level, (e) to develop programs to ensure that persons subjected to persecution, torture and other forms of abuse receive rehabilitative treatment and support, (f) to receive and consider complaints from the public and take such action in regard to the complains it considers appropriate.”

 Zimbabwe’s history is tainted with incidences of unresolved cases of politically motivated violence and Heal Zimbabwe appreciates that without a functional NPRC complimenting other interventions that seek to build peace in communities, total peace, reconciliation and social cohesion can never be achieved. Heal Zimbabwe notes that as the 2018 elections draw closer, the absence of the NPRC presents a ticking time bomb of a possibility of violence erupting in communities.

 In light of the above, Heal Zimbabwe recommends that:

  1. The President signs the NPRC Bill 2017 which is before him to ensure constitutional operationalization of the NPRC for it to fulfil its constitutional mandate.
  2. The President in consultation with the Judicial Service Commission and the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders appoints a substantive chairperson of the NPRC to replace the late Cyril Ndebele.
  3. TheGovernment establishes an effective and independent mechanism for receiving and investigating complaints from members of the public about the misconduct of the members of the security services in compliance with section 210 of the constitution of Zimbabwe.

 To the NPRC:

  1. Ensure a people centred Peace, Truth, Justice and Reconciliation process brought through an all stakeholders’consultation process.
  2. The NPRC must carry out robust programmes on the need to prevent conflict and the promotion of peace before the 2018 elections.
  3. The NPRC must set up an early warning system in partnership with other key stakeholders such as civil society and the church for early detection of areas of potential conflicts and disputes, and to take appropriate preventive measures.
  4. Facilitate Community specific models for truth recovery.
  5. Assure the security of witnesses during the Public hearings.
  6. Craft, recommend and implement policies and legislation which will facilitate institutional reform, restorative justice, truth recovery and telling and establishment of community and national memorials.
  7. Ensure and facilitate the documentation and sharingofmultiple narratives of Zimbabwe’s history.
  8. Facilitate psychosocial support to victims of violence.

 

Heal Zimbabwe calls for peace and tolerance during this period of heightened political polarization in Zimbabwe where the military have taken charge of Government in Zimbabwe.  We applaud the peaceful conduct of citizens this far and continue to urge and encourage all citizens to shun violent behavior and uphold peace as the situation in the country remains uncertain. The organization also calls on all political parties and social groups to maintain peace and reign in on errant supporters who might be bent on perpetrating violence and hate speech during this period.

 To the media, both public and private and citizens with access and in control of social media, we encourage them to continue reporting responsibly and desist from inflammatory intolerant and inciteful language which breeds hate, labelling and dehumanization of fellow citizens. This should be done in the interest of security of citizens, national peace and tolerance of diversity of opinion, an important hallmark of the democratic developmental state we seek to build.

 HZT also appeals to the military to uphold the Constitution by ensuring that the treatment of citizens in its custody is in compliance with the protection of their human rights and civil liberties. They should be brought to book using the proper, formal constitutional channels as espoused by section 50 of the Constitution, which stipulates that they be: 1) treated humanely and with respect for their inherent dignity; 2) permitted access to their lawyers and medical practitioners; 3) brought before a court within 48 hours after they were detained.

 Heal Zimbabwe is on record calling for the operationalization of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC), a commission charged with the promotion of national healing, unity and cohesion and the peaceful resolution of disputes. The current turmoil in the country also speaks volumes of the dire consequences of failing to operationalize the NPRC in time even against a history littered with unresolved cases of politically motivated violence and violations.

 The organization also calls upon the Military to uphold peace and security through guaranteeing the well-being of all Zimbabweans and ensure the protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms and the rule of law.

 

Heal Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating International Day of Peace. The commemorations this year are running under the theme, “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” The International Day of Peace is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

 

The commemorations for this year’s offer an opportunity for member states such as Zimbabwe to evaluate the progress made in upholding and implementing provisions of resolutions passed by the UN to advance peace. The UN Resolution 2250 (2015) adopted by the Security Council on 9 December 2015  compel member states such as Zimbabwe  to comply with their respective obligations to end impunity and further calls on them to investigate and prosecute those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and other egregious crimes perpetrated against civilians, including youths. Resolution 1325 adopted by the UN Security Council in on 31 October 2000, also compel member states to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse. In November 2016, during a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process of Zimbabwe in Switzerland, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that operate in Zimbabwe presented a gloomy account of a deteriorating human rights situation in Zimbabwe that range from arbitrary arrests, torture and intimidations.

 

This years’ commemoration is also taking place against a background where Government is yet to operationalize the NPRC, a constitutional body that has the responsibility of ensuring post-conflict justice, healing and reconciliation. What stands in the way of the operationalization of the NPRC is the absence of a law which provides the legal framework for the NPRC to start its work. On the occasion of this years’ commemorations, Heal Zimbabwe calls upon the Ministry responsible for National Healing to operationalize the NPRC by finalizing processes that stand in the way of crafting a legal framework that will operationalize the NPRC.

 

The country is heading for another round of national elections in 2018, HZT  appeals to political parties and all interested stakeholders to uphold peace, before, during and after the election period. The organization further calls for a peaceful voter registration, campaign and voting process that allows people to freely exercise their democratic right of choosing leaders of their choice without being harassed or coerced. HZT is currently rolling out a National Peace campaign: 13 Million Voices For Peace which seeks to appeal to every Zimbabwean to pledge to uphold peace as …Peace begins with me, Peace begins with you and Peace begins with all of us…

Heal Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. This special day is commemorated annually on the 30th of August. The International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances was passed under resolution 65/209 on 21 December 2010 which expressed great concern on the rising cases of involuntary disappearances. This culminated into the adoption of the International Convention for the protection of all Persons of Enforced Disappearances where 30 August was declared as the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.

The UN defines an enforced disappearance as when “persons are arrested, detained, or abducted against their will or otherwise deprived of their liberty by officials of different branches or levels of Government, or by organized groups or private individuals acting on behalf of, or with the support, direct or indirect, consent or acquiescence of the Government, followed by a refusal to disclose the fate or whereabouts of the persons concerned or a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of their liberty, which places such persons outside the protection of the law.” Enforced disappearances remain a gross human rights violation that must not find room and expression in countries such as Zimbabwe that have constitutions that provide for the enjoyment of fundamental human rights and freedoms.

The commemorations for this year in Zimbabwe are taking place against a background where abducted pro-democracy activist, Itai Dzamara’s whereabouts remain unaccounted for. The abduction of Dzamara is not the only recent case of enforced disappearances. From 2015 to date there has been a marked increase in cases of enforced disappearances. During the peaceful protests that rocked the country from 2016 to date, several human rights activists and opposition party supporters have been abducted.

On 29 June 2017, Fanuel Kaseke, a political science student at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) was abducted by unidentified people only to be released on 4 July 2017. Kaseke was accused of inviting MDC-T youths to participate in a demonstration held at the UZ. The list of enforced disappearances to date among others include Ishmael Kauzani, a courageous pro-democracy activist, who was abducted and severely assaulted on the night of December 1, 2016 by unknown men who accused him of being a member of the pressure group Tajamuka. Kerina Gweshe Dewah, the MDC-T Harare Provincial Vice Chairperson, was also abducted by 18 unknown armed men from her Glen View home and Gift Ostallos Siziba a human rights activist was also abducted during the National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA) demonstration in Harare in 2016.

As the world commemorate this day, the Zimbabwean Government must use the occasion of this year’s commemorations to stop using enforced disappearance as a tool to silence citizens and adhere to the principle of upholding human rights and freedoms. The Government must also update the nation on the progress made in the search for missing human rights activist, Itai Dzamara.

1.0.      Introduction 

The Election Resource Centre (ERC), Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT) and the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights), working in a consortium under the banner Rights-Heal-Elections (RHE), deployed 5 mobile teams to assess the Chiwundura National Assembly by-election. The byelection took place on the 15th of July 2017. The by-election was called following the death of ZANU PF Member of Parliament Hon Kizito Chivamba. The consortium approach in observing this byelection was premised on a strategic oversight methodology centered on assessing the compliance of the electoral authorities with administrative procedures, legislative and environmental frameworks for elections in Zimbabwe on election-day.

The polling day tracking process was punctuated by solid direct engagements with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) officials on the ground during the by-election. Beyond simply observing the Election Day process, there was a deliberate attempt by the three groups to enhance real time address of emerging challenges through direct referencing to ZEC.

The ERC, ZimRights and Heal Zimbabwe jointly submit their findings for the Election Day which by no means, on their own, give a complete and exhaustive reflection of the quality of the Chiwundura by-election as a whole considering that elections are a process and not an event.

2.0.      Summary of Election Day Observations

  1. The RHE Consortium noted acceptably professional conduct by electoral officials who in most cases were cooperative in sharing information with stakeholders. Particularly, electoral officials deployed by the Electoral Commission showed improved levels of response in addressing polling day challenges that were reported by observers.
  2. The by-election was characterized by a generally calm and peaceful environment demonstrated by absence of observed cases of intimidation, violence or related acts of coercion.
  • However, the RHE Consortium witnessed inaccessibility of some polling stations. This was largely caused by some polling stations being located longer distances away from some voters` homesteads.
  1. It was noteworthy that some polling stations were located at places with potential to cause apprehension amongst voters. In this case 3 polling stations were located at homesteads. The polling stations were located at homesteads that are former commercial farm houses which now have new occupants. Such premises, while convenient, must be reviewed given the potential biases they might be associated with because of political inclination of the new occupants. ZEC is encouraged to pitch tents near such convenient locations to maintain the accessibility of such polling stations while distancing the Commission and the electoral processes from biases that may arise.
  2. The consortium observed that voter education was not adequately conducted as evidenced by some voters bringing party cards instead of IDs and turned away voters. Additionally, there was voter absenteeism emanating from misinformed voters who wrongfully assumed that failure to register during the June 2017 voter registration exercise, held ahead of the by-election disqualified them from voting, albeit having been a registered voter in previous elections.
  3. The RHE Consortium also observed that assisted voting remains extremely vulnerable to possible violation of the secrecy of the ballot. Involvement of 3 polling officials and a police officer to assist one voter is a huge dent on one`s secrecy to the ballot.
  • The consortium noted with concern the continued use of two voters rolls to administer the election which potentially weakens constitutionally guaranteed requirements that electoral processes must be accountable and verifiable.
  • The consortium witnessed undesirable involvement in election administration by members of the police who were seen recording polling information and relaying it through radio to unknown recipients for unclear purposes. This was witnessed at Kushinga Primary School and Plasworth polling stations where some statistics were actually shared by police officers and not necessarily by polling staff.

3.0.      Opening of polls

All polling stations where the consortium deployed observers opened on time with no reported cases of irregularities related to the setting up and opening procedures. In addition, ZEC deployed enough personnel to man the polling centres. The Zanu PF party deployed election agents at most polling stations with an average of 2 at a polling station while the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) party had agents at some polling stations, Freedom Party and Progressive Democrats of Zimbabwe had none at all polling Stations.  It is important to note that at opening, most polling stations did not have queues with Gokomare farm hall (ward 9) and St Severino (ward 14) polling officials having to wait for 40 minutes before the first voter came through to cast a ballot.

4.0.      Voting

  • The consortium observed acceptable professional conduct of electoral officials at all centres observed, this is commendable considering that in previous by-elections it has been difficult for the observers and other stakeholders to engage with election officials especially Presiding Officers.
  • Of concern to the consortium, was the inaccessibility of some polling stations for instance

Zororo Primary (ward 9) and Quary Resettlement which serve voters from as far as 9km. With the same polling stations it was noted that most voters had to access it by going over a mountain which provides a physical barrier hence limiting access of voters to the polling stations especially amongst the elderly, infirm, disabled and the frail.

  • Three polling stations were set up at homesteads in direct violation of Section 51 subsection 1(b) paragraph (d) of the Electoral Act[1]. This was observed at Stormvale ward 16, Happy Valley and Plasworth farm in ward 18.
  • The consortium also witnessed evidence of inadequate voter education as shown through voters observed bringing party cards instead of IDs with the intention to vote and turned away voters. At St Patricks Primary in Ward 9 it was noted that people ruled themselves out of voting when they failed to register during the ZEC initiated registration which happened 1-7 June 2017. Due to lack of information, such voters absented themselves wrongfully assuming that voting was only open to those that registered during the mentioned registration period. In fact even those who appeared in the 2013 voters roll were eligible to vote as their names pre-existed in the supplementary voters roll used by ZEC during polling.
  • There was general lack of interest in the process as observed by the consortium. This is exemplified by the number of voters who were at the polling station by 07:00hrs (such as Mkoba 4A with no voters), 10:00hrs (Raylands Woodlands with 5 voters) and 12:00hrs (Masvori Rural Service Centre with 60).

5.0.      Close of poll

All procedures for closing of polls were followed with the majority of polling stations witnessing no queues at closing.

6.0.      Counting & Results

Counting was done immediately after polling with each polling station posting collated figures outside voting premises before transmitting the same to the ward and constituency collation centres. Final tallying and announcement of results were competed by 5am the following day.

Table 1: Official Results Announced by ZEC

Candidate  Political Party Votes Winner
Guzete Tafadzwa NCA 445
Mudzviti Brighton FreeZim Congress 145
Ndlovu Brown ZANU PF 9,426 Ndlovu Brown
Zulu Webster PDZ 187
Total Votes Rejected  187
Total Votes Cast 10,321
Total Valid Votes 10,134
Voter Population 43,688
Percentage Poll (Voter Turnout) 23.6%

 

7.0.      Conclusion

Rights Heal Elections consortium acknowledged the generally peaceful, calm and professional atmosphere characterizing the conduct of the Chiwundura National Assembly by-election. The consortium however notes with concern inadequacies highlighted above particularly the use of two voter’s rolls, lack of voter education and the involvement of security officials in polling information gathering and dissemination. Consortium members will continue to advocate for a level playing field that must culminate into peaceful elections which promote inclusive participation of citizens.

Heal Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The day was set aside by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 52/149 with a view to eradicate all forms of torture. The day also presents an opportunity to push for the effective functioning of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

For Zimbabwe, the occasion for this year’s commemorations comes at a time when there has been slow pace in the implementation of a legislative framework that seeks to ensure that survivors of torture get justice. Past elections particularly the 2002, 2005 and 2008 ones witnessed massive cases of violence and human rights abuses where torture was used in many instances as a tool to inflict pain and punish political opponents.

The snail’s pace that has characterized the full operationalization of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC), has also dealt a major blow to healing and reconciliation efforts in the country. The Independent Commission is charged with the responsibility of ensuring post conflict justice, healing and reconciliation.

Heal Zimbabwe has been mobilizing and facilitating for survivors of torture to pile pressure on the Government to fully operationalise the Commission. During the NPRC public hearings held earlier on this year, the survivors of torture advocated for legislation that delivers justice and safeguards them against revictimisation. The delays by the Government to swiftly set up the NPRC is itself a threat to the prevalence of peace as the nation readies for the 2018 elections. Without a mechanism such as the NPRC, which also has a mandate of developing programmes that ensure that persons subjected to torture or persecution and other forms of abuse receive rehabilitative treatment or support, prospect for peace are likely to be hampered.

Heal Zimbabwe implores the Government to take all the requisite steps to ensure that the NPRC becomes fully operational. Perpetrators of past episodes of torture and violence must be brought to book and as it helps to deter would-be perpetrators. As a UN member state, the Zimbabwean Government must also commit to the upholding of human rights and create a conducive environment for the holding of violence free elections.

Heal Zimbabwe joins the nation and the rest of Africa in commemorating the Day of the African Child. The day is commemorated every year on the 16th of  June. It  was set aside to remember the young people of South Africa who were massacred in Soweto in 1976 for protesting against apartheid system of education. This year’s commemorations are being held under the theme “Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for children in Africa by 2030″.

 The theme for this year is a call to African Governments to create an environment that is safe and guarantees the protection of children and eliminates any form of discrimination by availing equal opportunities to children in Africa.

For Zimbabwe, this year’s occasion of the Day of the African child offers an opportunity to evaluate progress made in ensuring that children are protected from any form of abuse. Section 19 of the Constitution provides for children’s rights where every child is to be protected from maltreatment, neglect or any form of abuse and have access to appropriate education and training. This form of abuse that children must be protected from include political violence. Past episodes of political violence, particularly the 2008 elections left several children displaced, orphaned and vulnerable after their parents/guardians were attacked. This robbed the children of bread winners and better education, health and shelter.

Heal Zimbabwe calls on the Government of Zimbabwe to adopt policies and measures that ensure that every child is protected from violence and torture. The children must also be protected from harmful cultural practices, exploitation and all forms of abuse. The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) that is yet to be established, presents an opportunity that will go a long way in ensuring that children are protected from political violence and conflicts in Zimbabwe thereby inculcating a culture of peace and an environment that protect all children’s rights and other fundamental human rights.

Heal Zimbabwe  under its National Peace Campaign for peaceful 2018 elections #13MillionVoicesForPeace  will commemorate the day tomorrow in Mazowe with youth from various wards competing for a Peace Cup. Six soccer and six netball teams with battle it out to scoop the Peace Trophy.

Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth”.

 Heal Zimbabwe joins the rest of Africa in celebrating Africa Day. This year’s commemorations are running under the theme, “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth”. Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) which later become the Africa Union (AU).

This year’s theme underscores the need for African member states to invest in youths as they are an enormous resource for the continent’s development. For the full exploitation of potential of youths, there is need by member states to create a conducive environment for youths to enjoy fundamental human rights and freedoms. This involves ensuring that youths are protected from exploitation and abuse especially by political players. In Zimbabwe during past electoral episodes, youths have been abused and used by political parties to perpetrate political violence or further parochial political agendas.

The occasion of this year’s commemorations offer an opportunity for the Zimbabwean Government to take an inventory into how far it has gone in investing in youths in terms of development, leadership and economic upliftment. The Government should also review its efforts towards re-integrating youth victims and perpetrators of political violence through providing healing, justice and reconciliation. Most youths have been affected directly and indirectly by past violent political episodes creating a vicious cycle of intolerance and polarization.

Due to delays in setting up Independent Commissions that support democracy such as the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC), past epochs of political violence that have affected youths remain unaddressed. Youths in Zimbabwe today remain vulnerable to political manipulation and abuse.

Zimbabwe as member of the African Union must stand guided by provisions of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights and International human rights instruments that promote and protect human rights and basic freedoms. In addition, one of the Aspirations of Agenda 2063, which is both a Vision and an Action Plan launched by the African Union in 2015, aims to achieve a peaceful and secure Africa where mechanisms for peaceful prevention and resolution of conflicts will be functional at all levels. As a first step, dialogue-centered conflict prevention and resolution must be actively promoted and a culture of peace and tolerance must be nurtured in Africa’s children and youth through peace education.

Heal Zimbabwe expresses grave concern over the disruption of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice hearing on the proposed Constitutional Amendment (Number 1) in Marondera on 21 February 2017 and the disruptive behaviour exhibited in Chinhoyi today by rowdy youth . The bill seeks to give the President sweeping powers to appoint the country’s three top judicial officers.

The Marondera hearing was aborted after the Portfolio Committee was accused by participants of only entertaining views from ZANU PF activists. This then presented a standoff between political party activists from different political parties as they started sloganeering and pushing and shoving each other. The hearing was then called off as the Committee had lost control of proceedings.

Heal Zimbabwe notes that disruption of democratic processes such as bill hearings that encourage citizen participation in democratic practices reveal the high levels of political intolerance among political parties. Such high intolerance levels also reveal that Zimbabwe is a country in dire need of national healing and reconciliation. Past human rights violations perpetrated by some political parties remain unaddressed due to a lack of an independent body that is charged with ensuring post-conflict justice, healing and reconciliation such as the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC).

Heal Zimbabwe posits that the snail’s pace that has characterized the full operationalization of the NPRC presents a time bomb that is likely to compromise peace and tolerance among political players ahead of the 2018 elections.

Heal Zimbabwe is concerned by the continued disruption of public hearings which has become a common occurrence in Zimbabwe. In October 2016, public hearings on the Electoral Amendment bill were disrupted in Mutare, Bulawayo and Marondera. The organisation further calls upon Zimbabweans to resolve conflicts amicably without resolving to violence and disruption of important national processes.

Heal Zimbabwe notes with great concern the increasing political tensions, animosity, celebration of ethnic inspired and politically motivated hate speech by politicians in government. Of greater and more unsettling concern, are the efforts by the conflicting parties within the ruling party to either provoke or incite the country’s security services for their own personal and selfish ends.

We remind government of its constitutional obligation to strive for national unity, peace and stability and of the grave national consequences of hate speech. We appeal to them to desist from fanning divisions through ethnic inspired hate speech among citizens who are already burdened with a history of unresolved politically motivated violence and violations.

We urge the media, both public and private, to report responsibly and in the interest of national peace and tolerance of diversity of opinions. We remind all citizens, especially the media, of how, the experience of Rwanda reminds us so vividly, oftenly and concretely how media can either build peace or contribute to incomprehensible atrocities.

To the citizens, who will ordinarily suffer from a further escalation of the hostilities, we urge calm and maintaining our age old tradition of community, peace and tolerance.

We call upon institutions established in accordance with our constitution such as the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) and the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) to promote peace tolerance and respect for human rights to fulfil their constitutional mandate effectively and proactively.

We urge the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe to fulfil his constitutional duties  of      ‘promoting unity and  peace  in the nation for the benefit and well being of all Zimbabweans and ensuring the protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms and  the rule of law.’’

The on-going fights within ZANU PF come at a time when Heal Zimbabwe has intensified its calls for government to effectively set up the NPRC, a commission with a constitutional mandate of facilitating dialogue among political parties, communities, organisations and other groups in order to prevent conflicts and disputes arising in the future.

Heal Zimbabwe urges all political parties to celebrate the diversity of people and communities of Zimbabwe and acknowledge  that Zimbabwe is for all who work and live in it.

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