Thursday, May 2, 2019

Gukurahundi committees to be set at ward level

The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) is set to establish peace committees at ward level, amid moves to enable broad based citizen participation on peace and reconciliation matters.

This was confirmed during an NPRC outreach meeting in Mvurwi, which recorded a high turnout as the commission raised awareness on its strategic plan as well as promoting citizen participation.
NPRC Commissioner for Mashonaland Central Province, Reverend Dr. Charles Masunungure said the meeting is part of the implementation of its strategic plan and marks the start of many engagements.

“I am very impressed by the attendance, people came from the government, civil society, and political
parties. The objective was to ensure that the people in Mashonaland Central are enlightened on the 5-year strategic plan of the NPRC which among other things targets to establish peace committees from provincial to ward levels to advance peace and reconciliation at the grassroots,” he said.

Participants called for efforts to mitigate tribal boundaries to facilitate peace and reconciliation.
“We have Matabeleland and Mashonaland. Already those names say a lot, we have to change those
names if we want unity,” said one participant.

“We are separated by language barriers. Look at Swahili, in some countries everyone speaks Swahili yet we have Shona and Ndebele dividing us so we need one language,” another said.
NPRC commissioners; Dr Godfrey Chada and Patience Charadza, along with NPRC General Manager for Complaints Handling and Investigations, Frank Muchengwa also attended the meeting noting the issues raised.