Interventions by NTJWG
National Peace and Reconciliation Policy Recommendations
Minimum Standards for an Effective National Peace and Reconciliation Process and Guidelines for Gender Mainstreaming.
After the 24 September 2014 introductory statement, NTJWG worked on the Minimum Standards for an Effective National Peace and Reconciliation Process and Guidelines for Gender Mainstreaming. These standards were published on 2 November 2014 to assist stakeholders in monitoring the process of establishing the NPRC. The standards have been widely accepted and utilized by stakeholders, lobbied to all Parliamentarians, delivered to key strategic policy bodies, used in training for key thematic committees of the Parliament and have helped members of the public appreciate the importance of monitoring public processes.
Responding to Threats Against the NPRC
On 18 March 2015, the Sunday Mail reported that there were plans to change the constitution and do away with some of the commissions. The NPRC was mentioned as one of the unimportant commissions. On 17 March 2015, NTJWG responded to these threats with a strong policy statement. NTJWG stated that the NPRC is a product of a wide consultative process that produced the 2013 Constitution. As such, the collective wisdom of all the people of Zimbabwe who participated in that process must not be overthrown by the fears of just a few. NTJWG engaged various actors on the matter because this is a fundamental issue in Zimbabwe’s transitional justice process.
Guidelines on the Preferable Qualities for NPRC Commissioners
On 18 March 2015, the Parliament published the names of the shortlisted candidates for the prospective NPRC commisioners. In response, on 20 March 2015, NTJWG addressed a press conference in response to the shortlist in which it outlined the key qualities which the Parliament must look at in selecting commissioners for the NPRC.
Monitoring the Interview Process for NPRC Commissioners
On 25 March 2015, Parliament interviewed the candidates. NTJWG observed the interviews and compiled a comprehensive report and analysis. Extensive research was carried into some of the candidates and wilth the help of the media highlighted the weaknesses of the process to stakeholders.
Following all the identified transitional justice process, NTJWG has recently launched the NPRC Watch, which a monitoring report tracking and reporting on the process of establishing the NPRC. The report which will be published every quarter serves to inform ordinary citizens on the critical issues emerging from the process and carries some critical recommendations from stakeholders.