President Emmerson Mnangagwa has with immediate effect appointed Retired Justice Selo Masole Nare as the Chairperson of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC).
In a statement, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda said the appointment of Retired Justice Nare was made after wide consultations and as per the provisions of Section 251 (1) (a) of the constitution of Zimbabwe.
A seasoned legal expert, Retired Justice Nare served as a Senior Regional Magistrate in 1998, then as President of the Administrative Court in Harare and Bulawayo in 2001 and 2003 respectively.
Justice Selo Masole Nare was later appointed judge of the Bulawayo Labour Court until his retirement in 2013.
Retired Justice Selo Masole Nare is currently an elder in the Church of Christ Congregation in Bulawayo.
The NPRC is established under Sections 251 to 253 of the Constitution to ensure post-conflict justice, healing and reconciliation, to develop programmes to promote national healing, unity and peaceful conflict resolution.
President Mnangagwa signed the National Peace and Reconciliation Bill into law to, among other issues, tackle emotive issues like Gukurahundi.
The President has since appointed Vice-President Kembo Mohadi to head the Organ on National Peace and Reconciliation in a show of Government’s high-level commitment to the matter.
In an interview in Davos, Switzerland, last month, President Mnangagwa expressed commitment to bringing finality to national healing and reconciliation saying: “We are not saying the past must be thrown away from history. It has happened, it is there . . . The communities that are affected, if they ask me to come for any reason, I will.
“The most important thing is that what has happened has happened. What can we do about the past? We have put up a Commission to deal with that issue.
“That should not stop us to have a better future where all the communities should be united, should cooperate, should love each other, should work together; this is the message which we have. We are more worried now about how in the future we should have a united Zimbabwe. In my view, there is nothing more than me putting legislation where (there is) a Commission headed by a Vice-President and most eminent persons in Zimbabwe to deal with that issue and make recommendations.”