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Attendance - Reports from the province indicate
that the attendance of the community to the outreach meetings is
generally low as compared to other areas that have been covered.
It is said that communities are generally less prepared for the
meetings. Yesterday, the outreach meeting was conducted in Mafa
- Mafa community members expressed the need for state resources
disbursement to reach all districts. They also said that banking
services must be accessible in all areas instead of the current
situation where one has to travel to a centre to get to a bank.
Systems of government
- Devolution of power remains the preferred system of government
as most community members say that it is ideal in achieving fair
distribution of resources with provincial governments managing their
Arms of State
- Reports say that there were strong and unanimous sentiments of
people rejecting the reservation of seats in parliament for women.
Community members who declined the emancipation of women said that
developments must be achieved through merit.
On Saturday no meeting was held due to counter attractions in Bhibhi
Area. Community members were torn between attending a traditional
ceremony and attending a football tournament staged by the Speaker
of Parliament, Lovemore Moyo on the same day as the outreach meetings.
The outreach teams are reported to have set another date for the
same meeting since only 30 people had attended while the rest of
the village was absent. Noteworthy is that it is said that meetings
in Mat South are taking shorter than usual.
the previous day (Friday), a meeting was held in Bhewula where over
a 100 people attended the outreach meeting. They expressed a wish
for devolution of power, first past the post, Traditional leaders
to be responsible for the land and environment and the age range
of 17-35 years for youths.
The outreach process ahs covered Mberengwa East and West namely
Gwemombe, Mwembe, and Ngungumbane among other areas. There has been
a high turnout of communities in this province although reports
say that there are signs of fear and intimidation as the same people
keep talking while others applaud or sometimes merely look on.
Systems of Government
- There have been a divided house with some people advocating for
devolution of power while others want the current unitary system.
- some community members said that they prefer a president with
executive powers to appoint other officials in government. They
also said that they want the prime minister to be appointed by the
president of the majority party. However, others said that they
prefer separation of powers which will see that each arm of the
state is accountable and has equal power to others.
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