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