NPRC Public Hearings Commence in Kwekwe and Gutu.

The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) Bill public hearings commenced today in Kwekwe and Gutu. The NPRC public hearings are part of the Parliament’s public consultations on the legislation that operationalizes the Commission responsible for national healing, justice and reconciliation. The hearings are taking place between 11th – 20th of April 2016 and HZT has mobilised communities to participate albeit short notice.

Heal Zimbabwe observes that the public hearings in Gutu and Kwekwe were conducted without providing members of the public with copies of the Bill so that they are able to read and contribute to the discussions meaningfully. In Kwekwe, Hon. Jessie Majome told the public that the NPRC Bill was sent through the District Administrator’s (DA’s) Office for distribution yet none of the participants received one. In Gutu, the Committee only read the functions of the NPRC and asked people to start providing contributions.

Key issues emerging from the participants are that;

 i) the Minister’s several involvements in the work of the NPRC affects its independence;

  1. ii) the Commission should be allowed to report to Parliament directly instead of going through the Minister;

iii)    (women demanded that) there should be no amnesty for those who committed sexual crimes and rape;

  1. iv) publication of the intended investigations affects the protection of victims –those who would have submitted their complaints;
  2. v) the Bill should follow the constitution particularly on the appointment and removal of Commissioners as well as the appointment of commissioners;
  3. vi) the Bill should be translated into all the 16 languages as enshrined in the constitution so that people can understand it for meaningful participation;

vii)  The public hearings are selective and should be held in all the districts in Zimbabwe,

viii)            There should be a clause that investigates Members of Parliament who perpetrated violence in the past; and

  1. ix) The NPRC should be decentralised so that it can be accessible to all Zimbabweans.

 

An estimated total of 140 and 150 people participated in Kwekwe and Gutu NPRC public hearings, respectively. These figures are too low given the importance of the NPRC. Therefore, Heal Zimbabwe urges Zimbabweans to go out in their numbers to participate in the hearings.  The organisation shall continue to monitor and mobilise members of the public to meaningfully participate in the hearings. Please find below the schedule of all the meetings:

 

 

Team A Date Place Venue Time of Public Hearing
11 April Kwekwe Kwekwe Theatre 1100hrs
12 April Gweru Gweru Theatre 1000hrs
14 April Victoria Falls Chinotimba Hall 0900hrs
14 April Hwange ZPC Social Club 1500hrs
15 April Plumtree TMB Hall i.e. Plumtree Town Council Hall 1400hrs
16 April Lupane Lupane Local Board Community Hall 1030hrs
16 April Bulawayo Bulawayo Holiday Inn 1500hrs
20 April Harare Senate Chamber 1000hrs

 

 

Team B Date Place Venue Time
11 April 2016 Gutu Gutu Council Boardroom 1200hrs
12 April 2016 Masvingo Masvingo Civic Centre Hall 1000hrs
13 April 2016 Mutare Mutare Civic Centre Hall 1000hrs
14 April 2016 Marondera Marondera- Mbuya Nehanda Hall Dombotombo 1400hrs
15 April 2016 Bindura Tendai Hall 1300hrs
16 April 2016 Chinhoyi Cooksey Memorial Hall 1400hrs
20 April 2016 Harare Senate Chamber 1000hrs