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The participation of the community has significantly improved with
sources in Insiza District reporting that in some meetings over
a hundred people have attended.
Systems of government
- There was unanimity in most of the places were meetings were held
for a federal state.
Electoral systems - The
community of Mabuza among others proposed for the use of first past
Women and gender issues
- The participants argued that parliament should not reserve any
special quota seats for women but that they be voted into parliament
through the same system as their male counterparts.
Traditional leaders -
Insiza district participants said that special seats should be reserved
for traditional leaders in parliament. They also said that there
is need for traditional leaders such as chiefs to be given judicial
powers and decision making powers on all environmental issues.
- Sources in the district argue that members of the community remain
unclear of what transitional methods should be employed in the country.
They said that communities only spoke of transitional methods in
terms of elections ignoring factors such as what will happen should
the incumbent president resign and also what will happen if the
incumbent president losses in an election. They said that there
is need for the outreach teams to explain further to ensure that
the communities understand.
The participation of the community has significantly improved in
Binga District where the meetings are currently being held with
areas such as Kalungizwi having three hundred people in one meeting.
Systems of government
- The devolved system is seemingly gaining momentum in the district
with more and more people advocating for it in the constitutional
Arms of State - Communities
in most of the areas have said that presidential terms should be
limited to two five year terms only. They also said that the country
should only have a president, with one vice president and no prime
War veterans - The participants
in most of the meetings were unanimous that the new constitution
should not recognise the importance of war veterans. The participants
argued that war veterans in Zimbabwe had been compensated enough
the times and there is need for the war veteran's pension fund to
come to an end.
Land - The participants
in Siyabhuwa area called for the rectification of the land issue.
Language - Binga
community members said that there is need for the country to recognise
all languages as official languages.
Sources in the District say that attendances continue to be good
with rural meetings attracting up to 300 people.
Welfare of the team -
The welfare of the teams has improved marginally with some members
who were not receiving meals at a Gweru hotel being relocated to
alternative accommodation in Kwekwe where they are now receiving
meals. A source in the teams says this arrangement, though noble,
means that a couple of hours are lost in the mornings as they have
to wait for the colleagues from Kwekwe before they take off.
Media - A number of issues
that have been unanimously supported in Shurugwi district and these
have included the need for plurality in the media sector to have
as many voices as possible being heard
Women and gender
issues - Most people agreed that there should be quota systems in
many public appointments as a means of empowering women.
Traditional leaders -
There were mixed feelings on the issue of traditional leaders with
some participants arguing that they should have seats reserved for
them in parliament and that they should also be the custodians of
land while others did not agree with that arguing that they need
to partake only in their traditional role.
War veterans - Feelings
were also divided with regards to war veterans with some feeling
that they should get monthly allowances and their children should
receive free education while others feel that the issue of war veterans
is not constitutional at all.
Youth - Members of the
community in Shurugwi were divided in opinion with regards to the
issue of the National Youth Service with some feeling that is should
be voluntary while others think it should be compulsory.
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