BY VANESSA GONYE
NEWLY-APPOINTED members of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) yesterday paid a courtesy call on Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda to acquaint themselves with parliamentary business.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa last month swore in Obert Gutu, Josephine Shambare, Donwell Dube, Tinashe Rukuni, Chiropafadzo Moyo and Nomaqhawe Gwere to replace former commissioners whose terms of office had expired.
During the visit, Mudenda urged the NPRC commissioners to advance democratic values and constitutionalism during their term of office.
“As Parliament, we would like to see application of these diverse skills; more than that you will have to be the true apostles of justice. I strongly believe that where there is justice, there is peace and harmony.
“Your appointment is more than producing reports; it is reaching out to the institution of Parliament. The messages in your reports must be carried by MPs so that people in their constituencies fully understand the work you face as a commission working for peace, for justice and for harmony among the people of Zimbabwe,” Mudenda said.
NPRC chairperson retired Justice Sello Nare said: “I’m very confident that the rich and diverse skills and experiences presented to you will enhance the delivery of the NPRC mandate to facilitate healing, reconciliation, social cohesion and sustainable peace in the country. We are also mindful of the fact that President Mnangagwa’s appointment process followed a rigorous and diligent process ably led by Parliament. We are grateful to Parliament for expediting the process as the transitional gap between the previous and current commission was less evident.”
He said despite a lack of resources, the NPRC team was raring to go.
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