Zimbabwe Starts National Healing Process
HARARE – President Robert Mugabe has declared the period 24 to 26 July a beginning of a national healing process in Zimbabwe.
In an extraordinary government gazette, the President said all Zimbabweans at home and abroad should publicly renounce, reject and report all forms of political violence as the government moves to restore peace and stability in the country.
The process, to be known as the National Dedication Programme, will see all three Principals of the Global Political Agreement leading the nation in renouncing political violence as part of national healing.
Outlining the contents of Extraordinary Gazzette, the three co-ministers of National Healing, John Nkomo, Sekai Holland and Gibson Sibanda, spoke with one voice on the need for all citizens to take the 24th to the 26th July as a first step of a long and demanding journey to dedicate themselves to God in the country’s effort to build a peaceful Zimbabwe.
In the government Extraordinary Gazette, the President appealed to all political parties to take this opportunity to refrain from inciting hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred.
He also implored the government to ensure the safety return of all Zimbabweans desirous of returning from the Diaspora.
Traditional chiefs and faith based leaders at all levels have been requested to seek the cleansing of the land from the curse of conflict and bloodshed.
Zimbabwe set up a government of national unity in February following a decade of political instability and economic decay. The three principals are Mugabe, Movement for Democratic Change Leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara.