National Peace Council on the way?

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The Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration (ONHRI) says it plans to introduce a National Peace Council to assist enforce some of the organ’s resolutions.

Moses Mzila-Ndlovu, one of the organ’s co-ministers, said the draft document for the establishment of the council had been taken to different political parties for consideration before it goes to Parliament.

“First and foremost, there is no framework (for national healing) and there has never been a framework. When we talk about a framework, we should be referring to something set down and legally binding. As the ONHRI, we don’t have a set-down framework or one that is legislated,” he said.

Mzila-Ndlovu said human rights consultant Clever Nyathi had already produced a document that had been discussed in Cabinet before being referred to political parties.

“The first document was produced and submitted to us as ministers and I read through it several times. I believe it was a fair document. We also had our principles as the ministers, and amongst the principles was the issue of the conduct of political parties.

“Eventually we agreed as the three ministers that we take the document to Cabinet. We are hoping that out of the principles and the contributions of the consultant, we will say let’s form a National Peace Council, that will exclude politicians.

“We (as politicians) will be happy to have that, so that I can be able to approach the National Peace Council and say I want justice for my mother who was dragged kilometres by Five Brigade operatives,” he said.

Mzila-Ndlovu said the document was referred back to political parties because of disagreements over some sections of the draft.

“The document was taken to Cabinet, but some people were not comfortable with certain aspects of it. It was then decided that we take it back and refer it to the political parties. As it is, the document is with political parties.

“Some of you here are not in political parties that are in the GNU, but you must go to your parties, make noise and see that document so that you make your input. Once the parties have consulted, then we will go back to Cabinet,” he said.