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Taking the Constitution to Hwedza
in Zimbabwe Coalition
July 23, 2010
Crisis in Zimbabwe
Coalition held a community outreach meeting on the constitution
on Friday 23 July at Hwedza Inn under the VOICE UP campaign. The
Campaign seeks to enhance residents input in the constitution and
to ensure that people make informed decisions and contributions.
the meeting included Mr Chinoofumbuka from Zimbabwe
Human Rights Association (ZIMRIGHTS), Mr Trevor Murai from the
Solidarity Trust (SST), Ms Memory Kadau (Crisis) and Mr Nixon
Nyikadzino (Crisis). The meeting was attended by 47 residents of
Ward 15. The meeting began with an evaluation exercise on resident's
knowledge on what a constitution is and various issues in the constitution,
for example, systems of government, socio-economic rights and independent
commissions. Participants were also given update on the ongoing
constitution making process and what is taking place in other areas.
The issue of
dual citizenship sparked a heated debate on whether Zimbabwe should
allow dual citizenship. At least half of the participants, mainly
the elderly opposed dual citizenship. The discussion unpacked the
merits and demerits of dual citizenship.
are some of issues that emerged during the meetings.
- Right to
education - The need to have this right justiciable in order for
citizens to be able to hold government to account in terms of
delivering quality and affordable education.
- What is a
young person - The recommended age is between 15-35 years although
there was a discussion on raising this age to 18-35 years.
- There should
be equal opportunities for male and female youths
- The terms
of presidency should be limited to two
- Number of
parliamentarians should be limited
- The government
should ensure that perpetrators of violence are brought to book.
- Are there
any guarantees that the people's views will be respected?
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