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July 01, 2010
were scheduled to take place in Hwange Urban, Matabeleland North
at ZESA social club (Ward 1) and Main Camp (Ward 2) failed to take
off today, 2 July 2010 owing to the absence of participants. A monitor,
who was at the venue, revealed that residents of both wards were
unaware of the meetings adding that even managers of the two venues
were in the dark about proceedings. The outreach team was forced
to reschedule these two meetings.
meeting was held at Sinamatela camp (Ward 2) in Hwange from 1000
to 1500hrs.The meeting attracted between 160 and 200 people and
was marked by robust debates owing to the conducive environment.
The following issues were discussed at length;
i) Land tenure-
Some participants advocated for 99 year leases while others advocated
for title deeds.
ii) Citizenship- There was heated debate on whether a person born
in Zimbabwe with foreign citizenship should be considered a Zimbabwean.
iii) The media and electoral processes with participants denouncing
meeting was held at Civic Centre in Bindura from 1100 to 1426 hours.
45 people attended (18 women, 18 men and 9 youths). The low attendance
was attributed to poor publicity while some residents failed to
attend as the meeting was held during working hours. It is also
alleged that most participants who attended the meeting were bused
to the venue. Participants demonstrated lack of knowledge on issues
which include transitional mechanisms and systems of governance.
Monitors pointed out that the meeting was characterized by lack
of debate with participants agreeing on nearly everything.
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