Stakeholders with interests in the transitional justice and Africa’s healing agenda have called on the Zimbabwean government to capacitate the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission for the body to successfully execute its mandate.

Some of the stakeholders attending a three day workshop on transitional justice have called for some meetings to be held in some of the problematic areas where victims can have a chance to express themselves.

Some have called for an enabling environment for organisations working towards peace and healing to conduct their business without hindrances.

Chairperson of the NPRC Retired Justice Selo Maselo Nare emphasized the need for perpetrators of violence to come clean and confront the victims for closure if peace and reconciliation is to be achieved.

“Reconciliation is the meeting point between the painful past and the future. The necessary conditions of healing are forgiveness and reconciliation. The following are the necessary conditions that foster healing; 1. Truth, knowing the truth about the perpetrator is a key ingredient to forgiveness. The society has a right to know the truth about what happened and why it happened,” he said.

Stakeholders in the National Transitional Justice working group in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation are hosting a three day workshop on transitional justice in Zimbabwe aimed at coming up with a policy document that will guide on how Zimbabwe can expedite the national healing and reconciliation in previously problematic areas.