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  • 5 out of 1200 contribute at Makonde outreach meeting
    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
    June 29, 2010

    The Coalition has learnt that at Sikosana Primary School, Makonde district in Mashonaland West Province, about 1200 people attended the COPAC outreach meeting held on the 28th of June 2010 but only 5 people contributed raising concerns on whether the remaining 1195 people had no input into the proposed constitution.

    A Coalition monitor who attended the meeting reported that the District Administrator for Makonde changed the venue and advised people to wait for the COPAC team at Sikosana primary School. The monitor also informed the Coalition that there was no debate at the meeting and those that participated were referring to position papers that had been distributed by their parties with the rest of the people merely acting as cheer leaders.

    Monitors in Matebeleland South Province reported that lack of participation marred the process and at one of the meetings held at Connemara Primary School on the 28th of June 2010 only 21 people out of a possible 100 turned up for the meeting an of the 21 only 3 contributed. The low turnout has been attributed to COPAC's failure to publicize date and venues for the meetings before hand. Another contributing factor to the low turn out has been the lack of civic education on the importance of the constitutional reform process.

    In Marondera Rural District, Mashoanaland East Province, The Coalition learnt that the District Administrator (D.A) is moving around the district in an unmarked white pickup truck coaching people on what to say just before the COPAC meetings start in the different wards. The truck was seen at Manyaira and Rupere Primary School

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