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should recruit credible staff: Nango
Sibanda, The Zimbabwean
November 05, 2013
should be recruited for the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission’s
secretariat and every interested Zimbabwean should be given the
opportunity to attend interviews for the posts, said director for
the National Association
of Non-Governmental Organisations in Zimbabwe, Cephas Zinhumwe.
The ZHRC failed
to operate according to its mandate since its formation in 2009
as it did not have a secretariat to receive complaints raised by
The Zimbabwean in a telephone interview that the recent posting
of 51 vacancies for the Commission’s crucial staff was commendable
He said if the
vacancies get filled it would make work of the commission easier.
would get into the finer details of issues raised since Commissioners
will be overwhelmed with other pressing commitments,” said
and member of Crisis
Zimbabwe, Vivid Gwede, said one of the things hampering operations
of the ZHRC was the absence of the secretariat.
Gwede said though
the posting of vacancies for the secretariat was a welcome development,
the nation was holding its breath to see if the Commission would
work according to expectations.
He said there
must be a political will to support the Commission, since the secretariat
and other staff would only make the infrastructure which needed
software to meet its mandate.
hope government would not block the Commission’s intentions
like what reportedly happened with the Anti-Corruption Commission,”
by The Zimbabwean in this regard express mixed feeling about relevance
of the Commission given the political dispensation in the country.
a vendor in Harare said: “I wonder if the powers that be would
allow the Commission space to carry out its duties without political
be in the best interests of Zimbabwe if the Commission was allowed
to execute its duties in a non-partisan manner without fear or favor.”
a marketing person with a Harare based retail shop welcomed the
Zanu-PF wanted to spruce up its image and be accommodated by the
global family, chances remain high that the Commission would operate
without hindrances,” Mwenga said.
the need for recruitment of uncompromised professionals.
The roles of
the Commission would include, promoting awareness of and respect
for human rights and freedoms at all levels of society, promoting
the protection, development and attainment of human rights and freedoms,
to monitor, assess and ensure observance of human rights and freedoms.
It would receive
and consider complaints from the public and consider appropriate
action, protect the public against of power and maladministration
by state and public institutions among other roles.
attained political independence in 1980, there have been public
outcries that government through some of its arms, violated human
rights with impunity.
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