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Outreach meetings: Update from weekend meetings
in Zimbabwe Coalition
July 13, 2010
the 10th of July 2010 COPAC held a public consultation meeting at
Makole centre in Insiza district. The meeting did not commence on
time and was allegedly highly polarized. According to a Crisis Coalition
monitor in the area, Movement for Democratic Change Mutambabra supporter
and ZANU PF supporters refused to attend the outreach meetings at
the designated venue opting to assemble at two different venues
based on their political inclination. When the COAPC team eventually
arrived the meeting was relocated to a neutral venue but the two
groups refused to convene in the meeting taking place under a tree
near Makole Business Centre where 44 people 20 men and 24 women
failed to take place in Matebeleland North's Victoria Falls
district. The meeting had initially been scheduled to take place
on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th of July 2010 but failed as residents
sabotaged them. The COPAC team was forced to reschedule the meetings
to Saturday the 10th of July 2010 but the meetings also failed to
materialize owing to non-attendance by residents.
took place at Murindagomo Business centre in Zvimba district where
67 people attended. A monitor in the district reported that three
people were turned away from the meeting after they were identified
as part of participants who attended a COPAC meeting held a Kawondera
Business centre in the same district. Ironically after the three's
departure, participants started contributing. Reports also indicate
that in Zvimba, people's response to questions is better that
what was witnessed in Makonde district in the same province where
people were seemingly coached by political parties.
central an outreach meeting held at Mont Dorr Business Centre ward
19 in Shamva was attended by approximately 200 people. However the
monitors noted that most of the participants had been coached by
ZANU PF as their responses were in line with the party's positions
on different thematic areas.
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