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  • Weekly report 11-22 August 2010
    Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN), Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) Independent Constitution Monitoring Project (ZZZICOMP)
    September 10, 2010

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    Constitutions are supreme sets of laws and principles directing how countries should be governed for the good of their citizens and should reflect national vision, values and act as symbols of national unity for current and future generations.

    Realization of such ideal Constitutions is only possible if citizens, in their diverse circumstances are accorded enough space to express their personal views during information gathering phases of the constitution making process. Experiences across the world amply demonstrate that democratic, transparent and inclusive constitution-making processes result in sustainable and people-driven constitutions. Equally true is that defective constitution formulation processes give birth to deformed constitutions.

    This weekly Report is part of the ongoing efforts by ZZZICOMP to monitor the ongoing outreach constitutional consultations in Zimbabwe. The fact that Zimbabwe has for the past 30 years been governed on the basis of a colonially inherited Constitution that has gone through 19 Amendments provides a compelling case for close monitoring of these constitutional consultations.

    Outreach Progress

    The period under review saw outreach consultations being carried out in twenty three [23] constituencies that include Lupane East in Matabeleland North province; Chipinge West, Chipinge Central, Chipinge South and Musikavanhu in Manicaland province; Mbire, Guruve South and Guruve North in Mashonaland Central province; Hurungwe Central, Hurungwe North, Chegutu West and Hurungwe East in Mashonaland West province; Bikita South, Bikita West and Bikita East in Masvingo province; Matobo North and Matobo South in Matabeleland South province; Mberengwa South and Mberengwa East in Midlands province; Goromonzi North, Murehwa West, Murewa North in Mashonaland East province.

    In total during this period 458 meetings were conducted. Of these meetings, 19 % [89] were in Mashonaland Central province, 15 % [69] in Mashonaland West province, 14 % [64] in Midlands province, 12 % [57] in Masvingo province, 12 % [55] in Mashonaland East province, 11 % [50] in Matabeleland South province, 9 % [43] in Matabeleland North province and 7 % [31] in Manicaland province.

    Highly attended

    An analysis of the profile of these meetings show that 69 % [314] of these were highly attended while 23 % [106] were lowly attended. The highly attended ones had a pronounced spread of 25 % [89] in Mashonaland Central, 18 % [63] in Midlands province, 14 % [51] in Masvingo province, 14 % [49] in Mashonaland West, 11 % [37] in Mashonaland East, 8 % [28] in Manicaland,7 % [24] in Matabeleland South and 3 % [11] in Matabeleland North. However, high attendance not evenly distributed within provinces as highest records were only recorded in the provinces of Mashonaland Central and Midlands. Also of concern is that the bulk of what were recorded as high attendance cases were fringe zone cases, ranging between 100 and 150.

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