The Organ for National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration says the voluntary code of conduct for political parties is nearing completion and will assist in reducing politically motivated violence.
The Code is a result of a meeting held between the Organ and church leaders in Harare.
The Minister of State in the Office of The President and Cabinet responsible for the Organ on National Healing, Ms Sekai Holland, who spoke on behalf of the other two chairpersons Vice President Landa John Nkomo and Mr Moses Mzila-Ndlovu, says the Code of Conduct is now voluntary and the three secretaries-general of the political parties in the Global Political Agreement are reviewing the draft code of conduct ahead of its endorsement.
“We are happy to report that the voluntary code of conduct for political parties is nearing completion and the secretaries-general of the three political parties are now working on it and as such we certainly hope that this will assist in curbing the politically motivated violence,” she said.
Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe President, Dr Goodwills Shana, says churches are committed to nurturing a culture of tolerance and peace ahead of the anticipated harmonised elections.
He said, “As religious leaders we are committed to ensuring that peace and tranquillity prevails ahead of the anticipated elections. As such, we should play our part in peace building.”
The voluntary code of conduct for political parties comes after the approval of a policy framework titled “The Zimbabwe National Policy Framework for Peace and Reconciliation” which is expected to guide and direct national healing and peace building efforts in Zimbabwe.
It has already been approved by cabinet.