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Mutare rural joins the peace effort
Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR)
December 09, 2010
More than 30
participants men, women and youths from various wards representing
Mutare rural attended the ROHR Zimbabwe peace building capacity
building workshop held in Mutare at the Museum on Friday 26 November.
The determined participants pledged their commitment to the peace
effort, to spread the gospel of peace, teach skills for building
peace and begin being the change for the prevalence of peace. Among
the participants were representatives from the president's
office and law and order section from Mutare central police station.
After exploring the crisis outcome mapping tool
to identify the crucial systems and stakeholders of peace in the
various communities, the participants unanimously agreed that they
have no confidence in the state institutions on the cause of peace.
The lack of objectivity and independence of state institutions was
echoed as the greatest loop hole in the responsibility that the
state has towards its people.
Also lambasted alongside is the organ for National
healing, which was described as having a lot to do but owes the
nation so much that for now it had nothing to show for its existence.
The peace building capacity building workshops are targeting community
members, traditional and opinion leaders who can in turn spread
the acquired skills and experience to their resident communities.
The major aim of the capacity building training is to empower community
members to be able to manage conflict before it degenerates into
a violent form and also to develop skills to build peace.
The training curriculum includes modules on definition
of major concepts like peace building, crisis prevention, national
healing, conflict transformation and reconciliation; conflict analysis,
intervening in conflict, communication, facilitation and training.
Under the peace building project aimed at promoting
cohesion, peace and tolerance ROHR Zimbabwe is set to cover eight
districts spear heading peace related activities as a deliberate
effort to influence this critical defining moment at the height
of talks of elections in the country early next year.
notes with grave concern that the slow implementation of the agreed
terms of the Global political agreement, the unreformed state institutions,
lack of security sector reform and lack of media independence are
the major highlights casting a dark shadow over the holding of credible
elections, observance of human rights and prevalence of sustainable
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