Withdrawal of NPRC Bill from Parliament Welcome

Heal Zimbabwe Trust welcomes the move by the Minister responsible for National Healing, Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko’s Office to withdraw the National Peace and Reconciliation Bill from Parliament. The Minister of state in the VP’s Office Tabitha Kanengoni Malinga, indicated that the ministry found it fit to first consider the adverse report by parliamentary Legal Committee.

Vice president Phelekezela Mphoko

Vice president Phelekezela Mphoko

“I move to withdraw the NPRC Bill for reasons that after receiving an adverse report on the Bill, the ministry has decided to consider those issues and then we will re-submit the Bill at a later date,” she said.

Heal Zimbabwe is on record for calling for an overhaul of the bill as condition for  an effective national peace, healing and reconciliation process. Topical during the public consultations by parliament on the Bill was the powers it gives to the Minister responsible which erodes the independence of the commission, the prosecuting language in the bill, lack of clarity on decentralization strategy among many other ills.

Heal Zimbabwe calls upon the Ministry to stand guided by both the constitution and, more importantly, the views of the people of Zimbabwe  as expressed  during the parliamentary public consultations. We further implore the ministry to deal with the issues expeditiously to ensure commencement of  the parliamentary processes leading to the enactment of the law and effective operationalisation of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission.

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