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August 19, 2010
Outreach meetings in
the whole of Lupane were finished yesterday. However, the process
in Lupane was marred with confusion and people feel short changed
as teams were a no show in other venues. Community members said
that although adverts for the meetings were not done efficiently
owing to the few numbers of people that attended the outreach process,
the few that attended articulated views that will benefit the province.
The teams are headed to Nkayi today.
In the outreach meeting held in Gulathi Business Centre 137 people
attended the meeting, 75 males; 6 male youths; 52 women; 3 girls
and 1 female disabled adult. It is said that the community strongly
agreed on most of the issues discussed.
War Vets -There
was a request to name them pensioners and their benefits should
be like any other pensioner in the country. A debate ensued on whether
their pension should be inherited. It was agreed that it should
not be inherited.
System of Government
- It was strongly agreed that devolution of power is the desired
system which will see equity in distribution of resources.
- Villagers agreed on a bi-cameral parliament which will include
the House and Senate.
Land - Gulathi
community said that land should be redistributed and given to the
natives of each community and they said that there should be an
independent Land Commission. One man, one farm should be used when
redistributing the land.
Youth - they
unanimously agreed that the youth should be between the ages of
18-35. Specific fights suggested for the youths were educational,
employment, and empowerment rights.
- It was strongly agreed that there should be a president with one
deputy from a different tribal region. Community members said that
the lifespan of the constitution must be indefinite such that each
president sworn in brings her/his constitution.
Mberengwa district was
wrapped up yesterday, with the outreach teams heading to Kwekwe
central today. Attendance in the Mberengwa district was quite impressive
with between 500 to 1000 people attending the outreach meetings.
It is said that even though loads of people were attending the meetings
only a few were answering the asked questions. It seems as if the
large numbers had come in to participate in the voting only. In
an area called Mudzidzi, the community said they prefer the unitary
system of governance and they unanimously said NO to Dual citizenship.
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