A newly-formed Gweru-based local non-governmental organisation, Zimbabwe People Protection Forum, has taken a swipe at the Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration for failing to address the plight of political violence victims.
Chairperson of the organisation, Edwin Dzambara, said the national healing organ’s role has been cosmetic and lacked the support of the Executive in government.
“The role of the organ on national healing has just been cosmetic and people were not serious about it,” he said.
“It (organ) needs the support of the Executive in the government to put heads together to ensure that issues of political violence are addressed.”
Dzambara said the government appeared to want to please the international community in setting up the organ.
He said the organisation also deals with people who face social and economic problems.
“We have expanded our scope to assist victims of the collapsing socioeconomic fabric in the country by creating life skills in the areas of carpentry, bread making and bee keeping,” Dzambara said.
He said the organisation also helps children living on the streets, orphans and victims of domestic violence.
Dzambara accused some sections of the media of perpetuating the predicament of victims of political violence through promoting hate speech in their reporting.