effort is underway to promote peace and reconciliation in Zimbabwe. Political violence remains a problem, despite
the creation of a unity government. Three days of prayer will precede the
launch of a reconciliation program. Minister
of State Sekai Holland is one of three state ministers appointed by the
government to spearhead national healing.
Her government is uniquely equipped to carry out that task, she said. “The
inclusive government, the three political parties working together -- it is the
only non-violent, viable way forward for Zimbabwe. And each partner knows that,” she said.
question of whether real reconciliation can take place as long as President
Robert Mugabe remains in power, Holland said, “The root cause of the problem in
Zimbabwe is angry successive governments for years. The state had based its
existence and survival on violence and had sponsored violence. So we have to
deal with state-sponsored violence and violence in every form,” she said.
official said this can only be done by the three parties “coming together and
owning up and actually working through the problem together.”
it promotes national healing, Holland said her government will comprehensively
address the issue of compensation to past victims of official actions.
process that we’re starting now, coming from the people, will enable the
government to build mechanisms that address all the sum total of grievances for
injuries of peoples.”
addressing those things,” she said, “there can never be peace. There can be no
peace without justice.”