Government to bring closure on the Gukurahundi issue before elections

By Peter Chivhima

SPEAKER of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda says the government is committed to bringing closure to the Gukurahundi issue before the 2023 harmonised elections.

In a presentation to commissioners of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) in Harare this Wednesday, Advocate Mudenda implored the commission to cultivate a culture of tolerance in carrying its constitutional mandate.

“The Parliament is desirous to see leverages its constitutional mandate vis-à-vis the salutary efforts by the Council of Chiefs as guided by His Excellency, the President, Dr E. D. Mnangagwa, in bringing closure to the Gukurahundi unfortunate historical antecedent before the 2023 harmonised elections.

“In the process, it behoves the NPRC to implant an external human national culture of tolerance grounded on the pedestal of the virtue of accepting being first and foremost Zimbabwean citizens over and above any affiliation in the spirit of national unity and diversity,” he said.

Honourable Mudenda also challenged the commissioners to be accountable to Parliament.

“Section 235 of the Constitution provides that all independent Commissions are accountable to Parliament for the efficient performance of their functions and must submit reports to Parliament in terms of Section 323 of the Constitution. Along with the other independent commissions supporting democracy, the NPRC is guaranteed operational independence from any person and is required to exercise its functions without fear, favour or prejudice and is only accountable to Parliament for its work.”

The NPRC plays a critical role in resolving conflicts and encouraging peace in communities.