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Coalition holds six meetings in the Midlands Province
in Zimbabwe Coalition
April 07, 2010
Crisis in Zimbabwe
Coalition held six meetings in the Midlands province over the Easter
holiday in Gokwe (Gokwe centre, Cotton Marketing Board Namanngwe
and Chitekete Busisness Centre), Zhombe (Sidhakeni secondary school
and Joel shopping centre) and Silobela (Cross Roads Shopping Centre)
from the 2nd to the 5th of April 2010. The meetings were attended
by a total of 712 people (420 men and 292 women).
intensified its outreach program as the parliament Select Committee
highlighted before Easter that the consultation phase, which was
scheduled to end in November 2009 according to the timelines set
in the Inter-Party
Political Agreement (IPA), would commence on the 10th of April
2010. The objective of the outreach meetings is to raise awareness
on and solidify people's understanding of the ongoing constitutional
at the meetings raised concerns that the draft constitution could
be altered by political parties negating the right of Zimbabweans
to draft their own constitution. The participants went on to affirm
that Sengwa, Venice and Gena mines and other small scale gold panners
should contribute to the building of roads, hospitals and schools
and offer employment opportunities to local villagers to ensure
that exploitation of natural resources benefits locals. They further
noted that the government should not dictate the price of farming
products (particularly cotton) as they are ignorant of the costs
incurred during farming.
following issues were raised:
principle s of the constitution
be equal before the law regardless political affiliation of gender.
Amendments of the constitution should go through the referendum.
Institutions and customs
headmen should be non partisan
Chiefs shall not sit in parliament
4. There should
be two five year presidential terms only
5. The president
shall be accountable to the parliament
should be between 35 and sixty years
- People have
powers to recall members of parliament if they fail to deliver
should be impartial
Council, which will be responsible for appointing judges, shall
be appointed by Parliament on Merit.
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