Transitional justice ‘not possible’ with ZANU PF in power

May 2, 2012 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

By Alex Bell

A government minister has said attempts at a national healing and justice
programme in Zimbabwe will not be possible while ZANU PF remains in power.

Moses Mzila Ndlovu, the co-Minister of National Healing from the MDC-N
party, said on Monday that ZANU PF’s continued presence in government was
undermining attempts to start moving the country forward.

He was speaking at the launch of a Transitional Justice report in London,
which focused on the expectations of Zimbabweans in the Diaspora. The report
is the result of a series of workshops started by the Zimbabwe Human Rights
NGO Forum, which have aimed to gather public opinion on transitional justice
issues.

The report detailed how the main concern of the those in the Diaspora is to
be viewed as equal Zimbabweans to their citizens back home, especially those
who have also suffered at the hands of ZANU PF. Some of the respondents told
the workshops that their suffering was not being acknowledged, and neither
were their hopes for real justice.

Mzila Ndlovu said at the report launch that the views of the Diaspora
clearly echo what is wanted in Zimbabwe in terms of moving forward towards
justice. He explained that these expectations cannot be fulfilled despite
the Global Political Agreement (GPA), which included national healing as a
key aim of the unity government.

He said that this is another one of the GPA provisions that have not been
honoured by ZANU PF, saying this is why “so little” has been achieved by the
unity government.

“There is so much intimidation from our colleagues in government. They are
threatening to collapse the government, they are threatening early
elections….But we cannot pull out because we will lose what little we have
achieved, and granted that is not a lot,” Mzila Ndlovu said.

He described the little gains that the government has made in terms of a
slowly emerging plan of national healing for a post-Mugabe era. He said the
ball is starting to roll, with international guided ideas of human rights
and other legislation for the future. But he admitted “this is not possible
while ZANU PF is in power.”

“We (MDC) are pushing hard for the cycle of impunity to end because only
when Zimbabwe achieves a state of respect for human rights can we move
forward with healing,” Mzila Ndlovu said.

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