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and I can make peace happen
in Zimbabwe Coalition
September 10, 2010
Minister, Honorable Thokozani Knupe officiated the launch of a Peace
Building and Transitional Justice Project on the 31st August 2010
at the Belgravia Sports Club in Harare. The event was organized
of Human Rights Zimbabwe (ROHR), Centre
for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ), Catholic
Commission Justice Peace (CCJP) and Victim Action Committee
(VAC), a consortium of the leading organizations to the initiative.
Over one hundred stakeholders attended the function representing
various sections of the community. The occasion was also graced
by the Co-Minister of Home Affairs Honorable Theresa Makoni.
The launch comes
at a historic time when the nation is poised to transform from the
past legacies of man-made crises into a more transparent and accountable
leadership devout from corruption and lack of integrity wrangles.
Speaking to the gathering, Deputy Prime Minister (DPM), Honorable
Thokozani Khupe challenged the people of Zimbabwe to join hands
and remove the barriers created by party politics, stigmatization,
gender and race stereo types towards building a peaceful conductive
environment to enable economic growth. She said "without respect
for human rights there is no freedom, there is no human dignity,
no justice, no fairness or liberation to talk about."
also reiterated that for Zimbabwe to move forward there is need
for unity among Zimbabweans. She also pin pointed that credibility;
respect and trust are pertinent values to be earned for a genuine
national healing process to take place. The Co-Minister of Home
Affairs, Honorable Theresa Makoni noted that the coalition government
was a compromise set up in which people should locate opportunities
to forge ahead to bring real change.
the media, ROHR Zimbabwe director Tichanzii Gandanga said the initiative
was aimed to encourage the nation to assume deliberate efforts in
achieving peace and building bridges into the future to a national
vision cemented on democratic principles, respect for human rights,
justice, tolerance, core existence and cohesion. He emphasized that
peace is an individual effort and inevitable responsibility regardless
of political affiliation.
Richard Morgan Tsvangirai together with human rights lawyers Beatrice
Mtetwa, Alec Muchadehama and constitution lawyer and expert Lovemore
Madhuku were honored for their outstanding contributions in defending
human rights, people's freedoms and promoting peace. The awards
were a token to honor some of the unsung heroes of the struggle
for human rights and democratic space.
The launch of
the peace building initiative marks a lifetime journey towards broking
strategic relationships among the major stakeholders to peace building
with the aim of peace building skills building, raising awareness
in peace building and national healing. DPM Khupe applauded the
directors of the consortium who are Alois Chaumba, Fortune Muchuchuti,
Philip Pasirai and Tichanzii Gandanga for bringing key stakeholders
together on peace initiatives.
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