Parliamentarians welcome NPRC 2018 annual report

By ZBC Reporter

Vice President Kembo Mohadi has tabled the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) 2018 annual report in parliament this Thursday with the report being well received by members of the National Assembly.

Presenting the report, Vice President Mohadi noted that the NPRC serves to enhance national capacity for sustaining peace and promoting healing and reconciliation in the country.

“Mr Speaker Sir, the recommendations of the NPRC herein will foster enhanced national capacities for sustaining peace, and promote healing and reconciliation as well as inclusive healing and reconciliation.”

VP Mohadi said in the period under review, the NPRC was involved in various activities that included conflict prevention and peace building initiatives during and after the 2018 harmonised elections.

There was also the signing of the peace pledge by the 21 presidential candidates that contested the elections, engagements with Government following the August 1, 2018 demonstrations and the launch of the 2018-2022 strategic plan.

VP Mohadi said other recommendations contained in the report included strengthening of existing laws to outlaw elements of hate speech by public officials, institutions, media houses and citizens in public spaces, social, print and electronic media.

Others included that organisations and institutions should develop programmes and activities that promote development and that capacity building for enforcement agencies, prosecutors and the Judiciary in relation to hate speech be conducted.

Members of National Assembly welcomed the contents of the report and called on society and all political parties to embrace peace and promote national healing for the country to move forward.

“We need to talk about peace and unity for this country to prosper, we are against any element who want to preach divisions amongst the people of Zimbabwe.”

The presentation of the NPRC report will pave way for the National Peace and Reconciliation Amendment Bill debate in parliament.