National Peace and Reconciliation Commission To Resume Consultations After High Court Dismisses Challenge

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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.

More: Chronicle

National Peace and Reconciliation CommissionCharles MasunungureLilian Chigwedere

President Emmerson Mnangagwa signed the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Bill (NPRC) into law on the 5th of January 2018, making operational the Commission that was appointed in 2016. The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) main tasks are to promote national healing, peace, and... Read More About National Peace and Reconciliation Commission

Charles Masunungure is a pastor with the Family of God Church. Masunungure is a motivational speaker psychotherapist and businessperson. He owns Tyneside Holdings — a holding company with divisions in ICT and construction in Bindura — and also works for Precious Child Orphanage. The orphanage,... Read More About Charles Masunungure

Lilian Chigwedere is the wife of the late Ambassador and former Public Service commissioner Stansilus Chigwedere. She is the deputy of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission. Read More About Lilian Chigwedere

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