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July 27, 2010
The confusion surrounding the participation of the communities is
still continuing in the Matabeleland South province with most of
the communities complaining that it has resulted in meetings being
scheduled in a number of venues. Sources in the province said that
in some areas outreach teams have found communities congregated
in two or three different areas and they speculated that this can
be an act of sabotage.
Comments - Members
of the Insiza community have complained that one of the war veterans
in Insiza North district, Jabulani Phutshu repeatedly caused chaos
in five meetings which were held in the district on Friday. Sources
in the province said his presence in most of the meetings caused
fear among the participants. They said that he would disagree with
what the communities said on most of the thematic areas stating
that it was not what the war veterans fought for during the liberation
war. In some cases he said that Joshua Nkomo did not agree with
what the communities where calling for. In a meeting held in Nkankezi
area for example, sources said that nothing concrete came out of
the meeting as the community members were not given a chance to
say anything. In Gwatemba however, the members of the community
stood up to Mr Phutshu and disagreed with a number of points that
he had stated.
Systems of government
- There was unanimity in Gwatemba that there should be devolution
of power, while in areas such as Nkankezi members of the community
called for a unitary system.
Arms of State
- Communities in Gwantemba area were against a life presidency arguing
that the country should only have a president and a vice president
with no prime minister. They went on to outline the duties that
a president should have strongly proposing that there should be
executive presidency in the country.
- The communities proposed the adoption of dual citizenship.
and war veterans - Proposals coming in from other communities in
Insiza north district were that the country should reserve special
parliamentary seats for women, the youth and war veterans. There
were however contradictory statements when it came to the electoral
systems with the communities arguing that all members of the parliament
have to be voted into parliament.
People are attending the outreach meetings in large numbers with
the majority being women. Men are attending in slightly lower numbers
than women yet they seem to dominate the discussions more than women.
Systems of government
- The devolved system of governance is gaining popularity although
in Sinamatela, the concept is not fully comprehended as participants
were not able to explain how provincial governments should function.
Arms of State
- Communities 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 minister.
Language - Communities
in Binga who speak Tonga and Nambya have called for the recognition
of minority languages and rights arguing that they felt that their
language and culture is being overshadowed by Ndebele. They emphasised
on the need to recognise different cultures in the country, especially
the Tonga culture.
Gender - There
were mixed opinions on the representation of women as some participants
felt that there should be a 50/50 representation while others were
against reserved preferential sits.
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