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    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
    July 28, 2010

    The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition convened three civic education meetings on the constitution from Thursday 22 July to Saturday 24 July 2010.

    Two of the three meetings were held at Cross Roads Business Centre in Silobela and Kasawe School in Zhombe in partnership with Gweru Agenda and attracted a total of 156 people (111 male and 45 women). The third meeting, held at Nyaradza Secondary School in Gokwe preceded a Youth Agenda Trust organized soccer tournament held at the same venue which was attended by approximately 700 people who included the youth.

    The purpose of the meetings, which attracted community leaders and students among other key stakeholders, was to educate the citizens on issues related to both the process and content of the constitution. COPAC is yet to conduct meetings in Silobela, Zhombe and Gokwe.

    Key issues arising from the meetings:

    1. People in the areas visited were ignorant of COPAC's schedule and called for timely notification of outreach meetings
    2. People remain highly concerned about their security during and after the COPAC meetings
    3. Participants at the meeting exhibited eagerness to participate in the constitution making process

    Content issues:

    1. With regards to the land question, participants quizzed the panel on the pros and cons of both 99 year leases and title deeds. During contributions, it was highlighted that ZANU PF is insisting on 99 year leases yet communities are ignorant of the advantages and disadvantages of leases.
    2. Participants sought clarification on the differences between a Prime Minister and a President and the best set up in the Executive
    3. Socio-economic rights particularly the rights to education, health and clean water were reiterated by participants who felt that every citizen should be afforded these rights with no conditions

    It was generally agreed among participants that there should be devolution of power which allows for local authorities to make key decisions particularly with regards to natural resources which are solicited in the different areas. This came out of the need to ensure that resources are used to firstly benefit locals before the rest of the nation.

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