SEPTEMBER 2019

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ISSUE 10

AUGUST 2019 | ISSUE 09

Stakeholders, Friends, and Partners
2019 has been an eventful year for Zimbabweans thus far and the month of September is no different. In this newsletter, we
detail the developments in our country around transitional justice issues to give you a better view of the transitional justice
landscape in Zimbabwe today. We cover the activities of the NPRC, our activities, and publications, the activities of our
stakeholders and other global developments. As always we welcome your feedback.
The Safe Spaces Initiative
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On the 3 of September, the NPRC held a debrief session following the
rollout of its Safe Spaces Initiative. The initiative recognizes that there is a
need to promote meaningful participation of women to ensure
inclusive and transformative healing and reconciliation. The initiative
also seeks to expand the scope for Women's meaningful participation
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peace and reconciliation efforts. On the 17 of September, the NPRC's
VSGD Committee met to consolidate the outcomes of the de-brief
session. The NTJWG now looks forward to the publication of these
outcomes for the consumption of the NPRC stakeholders in the public
domain.
Press Statement on Xenophobia
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On the 6 of September, The National Peace and Reconciliation
Commission (NPRC) published a press statement condemning the
xenophobic attacks on foreigners in the Republic of South Africa. They
called for urgent concerted efforts by the Government of South Africa,
SADC leaders and other peace-loving bodies to address the attacks.
Mashonaland Central Peace Committee Meeting
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On the 21 of September 2019 the NPRC Commissioner with oversight
for Mashonaland CentralRev Charles Masunungureheld meetings with
key stakeholders in Bindurain response to the clashes between Bindura
residents and a rogue group called MaShurugwi. The skirmishes had
spread to Shamva, Glendale, Concession & Mazowe but the Zimbabwe
Republic Police managed to restore order. Commissioner Rev Charles
Masunungure called for an urgent meeting of the Mashonaland Central
Peace Committee on the 23rd of September 2019 at 1400 hours in
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Bindura. The meeting was successfully held on the 23 of September
and was chaired by Commissioner Reverend Charles Masunungure. The
resolutions of that meeting were:
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d)

Mapping of actors;
Engagement;
Dialogue facilitation;
Promote peaceful resolution of disputes instead of resorting to
violence;
e) Encourage ZRP to do their work without fear or favor and
f ) Investigation / research & establish the root causes.

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On the 25 of September 2019, the NPRC carried out an induction and
orientation exercise for the Provincial Peace Committees where the
Deputy Chairpersons from the country's ten provinces are met with
their Chairpersons who are the Commissioners responsible for each
province. They were able to share experiences from across Zimbabwe.
The process was facilitated by colleagues from Ghana and Kenya.
International Day of Peace Commemorations
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On the 27 of September, 2019 the NPRC carried-out International Day
of Peace Commemorations St
C h a r l e s Lw a n g a S e m i n a r y
Secondary School in
Chimanimani. The event was
attended by Commissioners
Masunungure and Chekenyere
who also carried out a tree
planting exercise as part of the
commemoration activities.
NTJWG Activities
Sur vivor Suppor t Group
Meeting
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On the 20 of September, the NTJWG held the rst-ever Survivor
Support Group (hereinafter referred to as "the SSG") meeting. The SSG
was established to allow stakeholders to effectively deal with issues
related to survivors and as such is made up of organizations that deal
directly with survivors as well as representatives of survivors. The
meeting was aimed at electing a thematic leader, unpacking the
NTJWG's NPRC monitoring framework and make any necessary changes
as well as to discuss the survivor mapping exercise the NTJWG intends to
carry out. One of the key outcomes of the meeting was the agreement
by stakeholders that in whatever the NTJWG does when dealing with
survivors it is important to remember not to do any harm. It was said that
because of the trauma survivors were exposed to in the past it is crucial
to deal with them with sensitivity and specialized skills to avoid
traumatizing them again.
To know more about this meeting you can read the full report on
http://www.ntjwg.org.zw/downloads/NTJWG%20SSG%20Re ecti
ve%20Meeting%20Report%20Final.pdf.
Radio Programme on the Principles of National Dialogue
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On the 21 of September, the NTJWG joined the world in celebrating

Provincial Peace Committees Induction and Orientation

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