Healing Organ documents violence


The Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration (ONHRI) is documenting cases of political violence in the country, dating back to the pre-colonial period.

ONHRI co-minister, Moses Mzila-Ndlovu, told NewsDay some of the country’s top historians and academics met in Kariba on Wednesday to kick-start the project.

He said Midlands State University Vice-Chancellor, Ngwabi Bhebhe, was the discussant.

Bhebhe is a respected and widely-published academic and historian.

He has researched and published on the country’s 1960s liberation war that culminated in Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980. Mzila-Ndlovu said: “The organ basically wanted to engage researchers on the issues of violence.

“This is against the background of concerns and questions on why the organ was unable to deal with violence.”

Mzila-Ndlovu said the academics and historians divided the incidents of violence into pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial periods.

“For easier understanding, the phases were divided into three sections.

However, there were some problems with pre-colonial violence and conflict because there was emphasis on Ndebele-Shona battles and a complete blackout on the intra-Shona conflict,” he said.

The Organ has been roundly condemned for failing to execute its mandate and prepare the country for national healing.