The High Court has given the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) the green light to continue consultations after dismissing an application by the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum which sought to stop the commission from carrying out its duties before the appointment of a chairperson.
Last Friday, High Court Judge, Justice Owen Tagu, threw out the application by the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum seeking an order compelling President Emmerson Mnangagwa to appoint a substantive chairperson arguing that the commission was not fully constituted in terms of the Constitution. The commission, which was appointed by former President Robert Mugabe, has been operating without a chairperson following the death of Mr Cyril Ndebele in October 2016.
NPRC commissioner Charles Masunungure told The Chronicle that the High Court had dismissed the Urgent Chamber application last Friday. NPRC deputy chairperson, Mrs Lilian Chigwedere said the Commission would resume consultations next Monday in Gwanda, Matabeleland South and in Bindura, Mashonaland Central. Persons putting on military or police uniform or political party regalia will not be allowed into the venues of meetings.