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Carrying peace through the process
Chinoda, Magamba Network
April 24, 2013
heads towards elections people must desist from politically motivated
violence and help to address issues to do with conflict,
reconciliation and transformation.
the issue of reconciliation has gained a national salience that
entered Zimbabwe into a new era we can call “the age of reconciliation’’.
However, there is still a need to preach the gospel of peace and
reconciliation so that people do away with violence during polls.
must focus on the goal of ending undesired conflicts in a relatively
short time and transforming previous conflicts into something desired
in a longer time frame by focusing not only on the content of the
conflict but, more importantly, on the context and relationship
between actors involved.
The word election
to Zimbabweans is now a replica of hunger, inflation and political
turmoil but it must not be the same this time. We have to participate
in restoring the right relationships between people who have been
Thanks to the
great currency that reconciliation has gained, through the work
of organs like the Organ for National Healing and the Heal Zimbabwe
Program, people gained a rich literature on different efforts for
is a desired merit in divided societies, these organs pragmatically
succeeded in dealing with profound changes involving past injustices
to achieve peace building, nurturing democracy, promoting human
rights and delivering justice for others. The Heal
Zimbabwe Program Manager, Cleto Manjova's recent statements
offer more credence about how Zimbabweans must engage in reconciliation.
in a debate held at the US Embassy Public Affairs Section, Mr. Manjova
said conflict can be necessary but the problem comes when it ends
up in violence.
is a necessary evil for progress however, let us not attack each
other but the problem.”
He also said
Heal Zimbabwe is encouraging youths to play a part in conflict transformation
even by engaging government to transform structures that perpetrate
violence during election time. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama
was quoted calling for peace and reconciliation saying it is the
only way to enhance prosperity: “If
you reject the path of violence and division, then you can move
towards prosperity and opportunities that unleashes the extraordinary
talent of your people, especially young people.”
bear in mind that apology also serves to build unity between victims
and perpetrators, a change desired in the relational dimension of
conflict transformation. In structural and cultural dimensions,
efforts like restitution in forms of negotiated discourse and constructed
narrative contribute to a cultural mechanism that handles conflict.
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