NOVEMBER 2019 AUGUST 2019 | ISSUE 09 Stakeholders, Friends, and Partners In this Edition As the year 2019 draws to an end and the focus shifts to the festivities and the merry making of the Christmas season, it is important to keep abreast with the developments in the transitional justice sphere in the country as transitional justice affects our day to day lives. In this newsletter, we package these developments for you, so that you get the full picture of the transitional justice landscape in the country. We cover the activities of the NPRC and also share some of our activities. We welcome your feedback Conflict Early Warning and Early Response Training On the 12th of November 2019, the NPRC initiated the process of capacitating its Commissioners and staff on Conflict Early Warning and Early Response (CEWER) in preparation for the setting up of a national CEWER system to detect conflicts before they escalate into violence. One of the facilitators at the training was Dr Prisca Kamungi from the Kenya National Committee on Peace building and Conflict Management. The major recommendation for the NPRC that she suggested was that there is a need to manage expectations by: a. Establishing the kind of CEWER mechanism that is to be set up; b. Establishing the legal framework to set up an early warning system; c. Defining the terms of reference of the CEWER structure d. Defining institutional arrangements beyond NPRC's mandate including buy in and linkages with the response organs and political establishment e. Deal with contentious issues so that no further conflicts are created Capacity-Building On the 11th of November 2019, NPRC members of staff participated in a capacity building program, 'Reflecting on peace practice'. The program aimed to support the secretariat to understand conflict sensitivity and peace building, conflict analysis tools and an introduction to systems mapping. NPRC Activities Consensus Building/Capacity Enhancement Workshop th On the 20 of November 2019, the NPRC carried out a Consensus Building/Capacity Enhancement Workshop for the Zimbabwe Republic Police. The NPRC explained its mandate which is enshrined in section 252 of the constitution. The NPRC also explained to the police that its mandate encompasses the NPRC has power to investigate and conduct research. The essence of the engagement was to identify areas where the two constitutional bodies share synergies and how they can maximize the synergies in executing their respective mandates of promoting peace, law and order, conflict prevention and resolution. Chiefs and Churches Summit On the 19thNovember2019, the NPRC hosted a Chiefs and Churches Summit in Midlands at the Village Lodge. The purpose of the Summit is for the Chiefs and Churches to dialogue and set the agenda for peace in Midlands Province. Lodging Complaints On the 6th of November 2019, the NPRC put out a press release outlining the procedure of making a complaint to the NPRC. The press release outlined the manner of lodging complaints, where complaints can be lodged and how they can be made. The NTJWG looks forward to the operationalization of the NPRC's Complaints Handling and Investigations Thematic Department so that victims may start approaching the NPRC with their complaints regarding past violations to start the process of truth seeking regarding those violations as the first step to realising justice and healing. This press release may be accessed by visiting and accessing the NPRC's Twitter handle. Meeting Communities th On the 5 of November 2019, Commissioner Chiradza and General Managers Mrs Mawema and Mr Mashingaidze met with community-based organizations and their members in Mukwada Village. NPRC urged the community to explore collaborative rather than combative engagement and to work towards transforming relationships with government and the mining companies in line with the theme of the commemorations. The Research and Knowledge Management Thematic Department On the 4th of November 2019, the NPRC introduced Introducing the

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