Local NGOs constitute National Convergence Platform

LOCAL non-governmental organisations have constituted the National Convergence Platform (NCP), which is meant to co-ordinate non-political actors as they deliberate on ways to solve the socio-economic and political crises prevailing in the country.

The NCP comprises various leaders drawn from prominent civil society and labour organisations who will be working towards finding solutions to the country’s problems.

In a statement, NCP indicated that the platform will be led by the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference secretary-general Father Frederick Chiromba who will be deputised by Jestina Mukoko, the Zimbabwe NGO Human Rights Forum chairperson and Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) director.

“The treasurer-general will be Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions’ Japhet Moyo and the secretary-general will be Kenneth Mtata of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC).

After being constituted, the NCP’s general council highlighted the urgent need to address and to engage various stakeholders on key issues that include how the nation could find solutions in addressing the current national humanitarian crisis on health, education, food shortages and deteriorating human security,” NCP said.

The NCP also appointed Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum’s executive director Blessing Gorejena and Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn) chairperson Andrew Makoni to lead in finding ways of how to respond to the proposed constitutional amendments with the aim of finding a common position among non-political actors.

The NCP further established a General Council Portfolio Committee which will engage stakeholders on issues ranging from transitional justice, finance administration and accountability and an inclusive economy.

NCP’s secretary-general Kenneth Mtata said the platform seeks to harness the thoughts of the civil society actors that are close to the national questions.

“In other words, the platform seeks to be the body representative of what the different civic society actors are saying as well as serving as an instrument to engage other actors locally, regionally and internationally,” he said.

Meanwhile, the NCP treasurer-general said the constitution of the platform means that it is now a vehicle for change.

“When the NCP was first launched in December last year, it was designed to be a platform for various stakeholders to brainstorm and share ideas.

“However, now that it has been constituted, we now have for example portfolio committees which deal with specific issues such as food security, constitutional reforms and labour-related disputes,” Moyo said.

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