Zim’s long, winding road to peace and reconciliation


The year 2008 holds the most painful memories for Chinhoyi resident Tendai Mawire (not his real name), a 38-year-old widower and father of two.

“What haunts me most is not that my wife died to injuries related to the political violence she suffered an the hands of Zanu PF youths in the run up to the June 2008 presidential run-off elections.What eats my soul every day is watching her killers walk free with no hope of responsible authorities doing anything to bring justice,” he says, close to tears.

Like any grieving person, Mawire – who says he still cannot narrate his ordeal without breaking down – pronounces that he has been so disturbed that he has become an emotional wreck.

Civic society organisations have accused government of “showing little political will in setting up crucial commissions that should provide post-conflict justice, healing and reconciliation.

While all looks gloomy, a glimmer of hope remains as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like the Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ), Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT) and Human Rights NGO Forum, Zimbabwe Civic Education Trust (Zimcet), among others are in a countrywide drive to raise community awareness on the role of the NPRC as well as push for the factionalisation of the commission.

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Tapiwa Zivira

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