The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) was conferred in accordance to the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No.20) Act 2013 and the National Peace and Reconciliation Act Chapter 10:32 of 2018. The establishment of the NPRC is the realisation of the social and political will and aspiration of Zimbabweans to transition from a conflictual past to a harmonious future.

It is one of the Chapter 12 independent commissions mandated to support and entrench human rights and democracy; to protect the sovereignty and interests of the people; to promote constitutionalism; to promote transparency and accountability in public institutions; to secure the observance of democratic values and principles by the State and all institutions and agencies of government and government controlled entities; and to ensure that injustices are remedied.

The NPRC is a mechanism for resolving the burdens of the past violent conflicts and build national and sub-national capacities that guarantee a future of peace and reconciliation. It is mandated to ensure post-conflict justice, healing and reconciliation by encouraging truth-telling, the making of amends, the provision of justice and rehabilitative treatment. The Commission will also conciliate and mediate disputes when they arise and put in place institutional frameworks and mechanisms for preventing the recurrence of violent conflicts in the future.