The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission, a commission established in terms of the Constitution of Zimbabwe has called for National Dialogue. This follows the violent protests of 14 January 2019 and the heavy-handed police & military crackdown that followed.
The full statement below:
The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission is concerned by the deteriorating political and economic situation in the country.
The NPRC is therefore initiating a multi-stakeholder consultative dialogue process.
The Commission commits to doing everything in its power to fulfil its constitutional mandate to prevent any situation that arises in the country from deteriorating into a national conflict.
The NPRC hereby calls upon all people involved in the ongoing situation to exercise their democratic rights peacefully and responsibly and desist from violence and violation of other citizens rights.
The Commission calls upon all law enforcement institutions to preserve life, protect property and maintain law and order responsibly and with restraint.
Going forward, the NPRC calls upon all key stakeholders to come to a national dialogue in order to share views on how to address the situation in our country and foster sustainable peace and development.