Leonard Ncube , Victoria Falls Reporter
THE National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) has implored political leaders to develop a culture of servant leadership and create a platform for dialogue with their constituents.
After election into office, President Mnangagwa offered himself as a servant leader and the NPRC has urged those elected into various offices to emulate the Head of State as this helps to reduce conflict.
Speaking at a recent stakeholders meeting organised by the Zimbabwe Christian Alliance (ZCA) in Hwange, NPRC Commissioner Leslie Ncube said conflict and demonstrations are a sign of lack of dialogue among people.
The meeting was organised to create rapport between elected leaders and their constituents and was attended by Hwange Local Board councillors who used the platform to spell out their programmes.
“Once you are elected into office, the first thing to do is to embrace everyone in your community including those who didn’t vote for you because they will also have become your children.
“Even to the electorate, once someone wins a seat, be it in council or Parliament, accept that person as your leader and support them to the end of their term as that’s one way of avoiding conflict,” he said.
“Elected leaders should ensure that they create space for dialogue with the community be it on issues of service delivery because toyi-toying is a sign of lack of dialogue.”
The Commission’s chairperson Retired judge Justice Selo Nare said the NPRC has started establishing peace committees around communities for purposes of enhancing dialogue and engagement.
Speaking at the same occasion, councillors highlighted their desire to work with the people of Hwange.
Ward 10 Clr Steve Chisose said there was a need for the Hwange community to move away from being a small mining town to a municipality, a development that entails engaging each other.
Ward 9 Clr Fani Chirwa implored youths in her ward to engage in skills development programmes for them to be able to start income generating projects.
She said she is engaging some non-governmental organisations to help construct community toilets.
Clr Victor Sibanda of Ward 14 said plans are underway to engage Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic in Gwanda to open a skills training centre in Hwange while his ward 15 counterpart Lovemore Ncube urged community members to be ready for economic transformation brought about by the new dispensation.
He said there are employment opportunities coming for youths.