On 7 September Commissioner Rev Charles Masunungure convened the first multistakeholder dialogue meeting at Mt Darwin Sports Club for 6 Constituencies around Mt Darwin District.
Objectives of the Meeting
The main objectives of this meeting were:
- To facilitate dialogue among political parties as well as communities in accordance with section 252 (d) of the constitution.
- To identify any areas of post election conflict between political parties.
- To come up with possible solutions to the issues being raised.
Invitations had been extended to the four political parties that had contested in the 6 constituencies namely Mt Darwin East, West, North and South, Rushinga and Shamva North. The parties were PRC, NPF, MDC Alliance and ZANU PF. However NPF did not attend. Also invited were CSOs, Church, Traditional leaders and State Security institutions. A total of 120 people attended.
Food and bus fare was provided with the assistance of Counselling Services Unit.
The programme started with an opening prayer from the Pastors Fraternity followed by opening remarks from the NPRC Commissioner then speeches by sector representatives, group discussions, a plenary session and way forward. The representatives of all stakeholders present had an opportunity to make presentations in response to the address by the Commissioner. Delegates to the meeting were grouped according to constituencies for purposes of group discussion. All three political parties formed one group according to constituency and each group identified a presenter for the plenary session. Each group was tasked to identify issues affecting peaceful co-existence and social cohesion as well as proposed remedies.
Issues and proposed remedies
- An analysis of the issues raised in all the 6 constituencies point to a number of common complaints namely politicisation of food and inputs distribution, partisan traditional leaders and unresolved 2008 cases.
- It was recommended that the NPRC facilitates through the responsible ministry the fair distribution of food and inputs considering that most parts of the country are in dire need of food aid. There is also need for capacity enhancement for traditional leaders. Dialogue facilitation for purposes of resolving past conflict is necessary for most of the communities of in country. The Commission was encouraged to take its programming to the districts in order to increase visibility throughout the country as provided for in the NPRC Act.