In October 2012 and 2013, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (the Forum) organized the International Conferences on Transitional Justice, bringing together stakeholders from civil society, churches, business, government, academia and international experts to deliberate on how best to achieve justice and give redress to victims of past violations.
Both conferences produced a key recommendation on the establishment of a Working Group, whose framework would include working towards the implementation of various transitional justice recommendations. Participants stated that the members of the working group should be chosen through a transparent process considering the importance of objectivity, integrity and credibility (ICTJ I Report, 2012:125 and ICTJ II Report: 2).
It is important here to note that the Second Conference was convened after the signing of the new Constitution into law and its theme focused mainly on independent Commissions hence the deliberations were focused on the upcoming work of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) as established by section 252 of the New Constitution.
Following these recommendations, a follow up consultative meeting was held in Harare on 27 February 2014 to set the objectives, terms of reference and the structure of the NTJWG. 46 organisations including representatives from government participated in the consultative workshop. Following on the recommendations of the consultative meeting, elections for the NTJWG were set for 23 May 2014. Initially, eight members were elected to the National Transitional Justice Working Group. One additional member was added. Current members are the following:
- Mr. Alec Muchadehama: Chairperson
- Mr. Paul Themba Nyathi: Deputy Chairperson
- Rev. Dr. Fraderick Chiromba: Promotion of Truth
- Ms. Roselyn Hanzi: Justice and Accountability
- Rev. Dr. Ray Motsi: Memorialization
- Mr. Anthony Reeler: Independent Expert / Institutional Reform
- Mr. Paul Themba Nyathi: Independent Expert
- Ms. Samukheliso Khumalo: Independent Expert
- Mr. Otto Saki: Independent Expert
- Ms. Abigail Matsvayi: Gender
- Dr. Frances Lovemore: Reparations & Rehabilitation