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September 09, 2010
The teams are in Bulilima this week and team 1 was in an area called
Makumbe yesterday. There were just over 100 people at the meeting
in ward 7.
Systems of government
- Devolution remains very popular in this part of the country to
the extent that villagers almost called for federalism if the concept
of devolution was not properly explained.
- People do not understand the implications of a hybrid system and
they are unsure at what point first-past-the-post is used and when
proportional representation is used.
- Dual citizenship got a resounding applause so as to enable exiles
to contribute to the food security in the nation.
leaders - The people want strong traditional institutions and for
their local traditional leaders to preside over land distribution.
The teams began in Bubi district yesterday and team 6 did two meetings
in Ward 3, Village 6 in Woza Woza and another Ward 3, Mbembeswana.
The Woza Woza meeting had close to 70 people while the Mbembeswana
meeting had close to 200 people.
Commissions - The people only mentioned the electoral commission
and did not seem to have a clue on the rest.
Systems of government
- In Woza Woza, the call for Devolution was unanimous and so was
the case in Mbembeswana.
- The participants in most of the meetings unanimously agreed that
the new constitution should not recognise the importance of war
veterans. The participants argued that war veterans in Zimbabwe
had been compensated enough and there is need for the war veteran's
pension fund to come to an end. However, some said that it is the
state's duty to look out for those war vets who have not come
forward and compensate them.
- People do not know what aspects of public finance they would like
to be controlled by the constitution.
Local Authorities - The people want local authorities to promote
local issues and forward their grievances to the national authorities.
The majority of people want 14 provinces
Arms of State
- The majority of people want both the Prime Minister and President
to govern though with clearly distinct duties and powers. The people
want these to be elected. The people also want Ministers to be selected
from both MPs and outside Parliament.
Houses of Parliament
- The people want both Houses of Parliament to be maintained. People
do not want MPs to cross floors to another party with their seats.
Groups in Parliament - People do not understand what special interest
groups are and they don't want them to have Parliamentary
seats reserved for them.
Reports say that attendance to COPAC meetings has been high despite
the notable bussing of people which has been realised and dealt
with in some instances. Soldiers in civilian clothes were allegedly
seen in Gokwe South in most of the meetings where some participants
identified them as outsiders.
mechanisms - Participants called for the respect of electoral result
which will assist in the transitional period after an election.
Suggested periods for transition ranged from 21- 90 days.
Public Offices - There was a strong demand for Registrar General's
office, Auditor General, and Attorney General's office to
be independent of politics. They said that if there is need to appoint
any of these officials, it must be done by Parliament or in consultation
with other members of the Government.
In Kasuwe, Nemangwe and Chiveya it is said that people wanted an
executive Prime Minister with a president who has fewer powers.
They also said that the cabinet must be appointed by the prime minister
in consultation with the presidium. They emphasised that there should
be transparency in the functioning of government.
Systems of Government
- Devolution of power was voted as the desired system that will
benefit the people in the Midlands.
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