The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Ziyambi Ziyambi said that the government is set to disband Constitutional commissions that duplicate roles.
Two commissions set to be disbanded are the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) and the Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC).
The two commission will be merged into the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC). Said Ziyambi:
Strictly speaking, a gender commission is a human rights commission, so you cannot have a gender commission which is separate from a human rights commission.
An economy like ours cannot afford or sustain two commissions that do basically the same things.
Our thinking is that we have two commissions chewing into the fiscus but doing one and the same thing.
We would rather have one commission which has those commissioners, and probably within the secretariat, you have a department that deals with gender issues.
If you look anywhere in the world, there is nothing called a gender commission, but there are human rights commissions.
The work that they do is more or less the same, they even attend the same international human rights conferences, but they do so separately . . .
So what it means is the human rights commission in its present structure is being prohibited from dealing with gender equality issues because that function is the responsibility of the gender commission, which does not make sense.