Heal Zimbabwe welcomes the appointment of new National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) Chairperson, Retired Justice Selo Masole Nare by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on 20 February 2018. Justice Nare replaces the late Cyril Ndebele, who passed away on 07 October 2016 in Bulawayo.
Heal Zimbabwe views the appointment as progressive as it will ensure that the NPRC commences its urgent constitutional responsibility of ensuring post conflict justice, healing and reconciliation. Cognizant of the fact that Zimbabwe continues to witness cases of politically motivated violence which manifest in different forms, the role of the NPRC in building peace as the country prepares for the 2018 elections will be key.
HZT would also want to urge the NPRC to use a bottom up approach to issues of healing and reconciliation by accommodating views from communities gathered especially during the NPRC bill hearings in 2016 and 2017 and also views emanating from the public consultative meetings currently taking place in provinces. This will allow communities to play a leading role in issues of healing and reconciliation within their localities. HZT also implores the NPRC to quickly furnish all Stakeholders and Zimbabweans in general with the NPRC Plan of Action so that citizens are informed and better prepared to engage the peace Commission.