National Peace and Reconciliation Commission launches 21-day outreach programme

Chapter 12 Part 6 of the Constitution establishes the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) with the following core function: post conflict justice, healing, reconciliation, truth telling, rehabilitation, conflict prevention, dialogue facilitation, and social cohesion.

The NPRC developed its five-year national strategic plan guided by the input from Zimbabweans during the provincial consultations held in February – March 2018 in all the provinces.

Following the launch of the five- year strategic plan in October 2018, the NPRC has been working to set up and operationalise internal mechanisms in order to launch a nationwide healing and reconciliation programme.

The Commission is rolling out a 21-day outreach programme in order to share with and conscientise Zimbabweans on mechanisms and approaches that will be utilized in handling issues of national healing and reconciliation.

These include:

  1. The strategic priorities of 2019 – public hearings for healing and reconciliation, mechanisms for early detection of conflicts, national dialogue facilitation, setting up of peace committees, evidence based legislative and policy recommendations.
  2. Key thematic areas which include: Complaints Handling Mechanism, Victim Support Mechanism, Truth telling and Truth-seeking mechanism, Healing, Reconciliation and Rehabilitation strategy, Research and Knowledge Management Strategy.
  3. Highlight structures in which Zimbabweans can participate for a broad based and inclusive national healing, reconciliation and peace building process.

The itinerary is as follows:
15 – 16 April: Mashonaland East
23 – 28 April: Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Midlands
29 – 30 April: Mashonaland Central
2 – 4 May: Harare and Mashonaland West
6 – 7 May: Masvingo
8 – 10 May: Manicaland
14 – 15 May: Bulawayo

We encourage Zimbabweans to Participate in this process that will precede the truth seeking, truth telling and public hearings.

Source: National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC)