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Taking the constitutional debate to Mudzi
in Zimbabwe Coalition
September 06, 2010
Crisis in Zimbabwe
Coalition held a community outreach meeting under the Voice Up constitutional
campaign in Mudzi on the 3rd of September 2010 which was attended
by 43 people (26 male and 17 female). The campaign is aimed at providing
civic education to communities on the constitutional reform process
and enhancing citizen participation in the process. The meeting
was addressed by Mr. Carter Muchada from the Combined
Harare Residents Association (CHRA) who spoke on socio-economic
rights and systems of government and Ms. Maria Mache from the Crisis
Coalition Secretariat who spoke on women's issues in the constitution
and the importance of citizen participation.
issues were raised by members of the Mudzi community:
- There are
allegedly high levels of coaching and intimidation of citizens
by ZANU PF in the area. It was reported that villagers were divided
into 17 groups based on the thematic areas and furnished with
answers to different talking points by leaders of the political
party in Mudzi district. It was further alleged that every Thursday,
meetings are convened where villagers are threatened with unspecified
action if they fail to give 'appropriate' responses.
- COPAC should
put in place measures to protect those who contribute during the
outreach meetings as most people fear for their lives.
- The videos
and voice recorders used during meetings should not be used to
instigate violence after the outreach phase of the constitution
the following issues were highlighted:
terms should be limited to two five year terms only
- Women should
be afforded special seats in Parliament
- The state
should be devolved to allow local authorities to develop their
communities without any hindrances
rights particularly the rights to health, water and education
should be made justiciable under the constitution.
- Youths should
be between the ages of 18 and 30
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