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August 13, 2010
The Copac outreach teams have covered about 75% of Lupane where
community members have been attending in large numbers. Yesterday,
outreach meetings were held in Lupaka and Ndimimbili with a remarkable
attendance by both men and women. Mobilisation has improved and
cases of intimidation have dropped.
Systems of government
- The concept of devolution of power has been very popular in the
Mat. North region and has not been any different in Lupaka and Ndimimbili
as people expressed great need for elected provincial governments,
which will ensure fair, transparent and accountable distribution
of resources in the province as compared to the central governance
Arms of State
- Lupaka and Ndimimbili community members said that they prefer
a people voted-for president who has won through a first past the
post system. They said that they do not want a prime minister and
ministers should be appointed according to their educational qualification.
They said that MPs must not be appointed as ministers so that there
- Communities in Ndimimbili and Lupaka have said that election results
must be released immediately after an election has been conducted
and power should be handed over immediately.
Women - They
proved to be knowledgeable on issues that affect them and were most
vocal on having equal rights as their male counterparts in order
to develop and contribute in nation building.
process in Manicaland has been very inconsistent as the teams are
reported to be loitering around towns without going to their respective
areas because of confusion that has marred the process in the province.
Although some meetings were organised, there has been poor attendance
by the communities as reports say that people have lost the zeal
and trust in the constitution making process.
say that the most affected area is Marange, where meetings are cancelled
due to controversy and clashes between the community and the CIO.
It is said that Central Intelligence Officers are making it difficult
for people to convene for the meetings as they seem to confuse them
with monitors for the Kimberly Process.
Mpisi community members in Matabeleland South attended the meeting
in large numbers yesterday to input into the making of the new constitution.
Bill of Rights
- Prominent in the meeting was the demand for the freedom of association,
movement, speech and the right to education, health, shelter and
food for the people. People said that the government must be accountable
for the welfare of its people unlike in the previous years where
citizens had to fend for themselves.
- There is a remarkable demand to have dual citizenship as most
of the people in Mpisi are based in the neighbouring countries and
want to be allowed to live in both countries without any reparations.
Land - Community
members said that they want traditional leaders to be able to share
land and determine who gets access to land in the area. They said
that 25% of the profits acquired from sales and businesses in Mpisi
must be used to develop that area instead of being taken to other
The Midlands outreach teams are conducting a mop-up exercise in
Mberengwa this week. One of the teams is trying to convene meetings
in areas where meetings were either abandoned or not well organized.
They are expected to be proceeding to Silobela in the next couple
of days. A meeting in the area yesterday had an average of 120 people.
Systems of Government
- Debate continued around the suitability of either the unitary
system of government or a more devolved system of government though
there was unanimity that there is need for fiscal autonomy to enable
communities to chart their own development priorities.
- There is massive support for dual citizenship so as to enable
exiles to fully remit their earnings while working abroad. It was
also said that the current system has robbed the country of some
of its most prominent sportspersons who opt to be citizens of better
Leaders - There is almost equal sentiment between those who want
traditional leaders to have seats reserved for them in Parliament
and those who would like them to have purely traditional roles and
moderate judicial powers to preside over cases in their localities.
Others have also said that all chiefs should be accorded state-assisted
burials when they pass on.
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