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Theatre That Matters update
May 24, 2013
Scores of villagers
participated in the Theatre That Matters Arts Festival held at Mabhunu
Business Centre at Sobendle ward, Jotsholo yesterday. The event,
under theme “Your Vote Your Voice” saw edutainment on
the need to
register to vote peacefully from Kaisa and Victory Siyanqoba.
Below are the
major highlights of the festival;
who participated in the festival gave feedback that the just ended
Mobile Voter Registration (MVR) was done for only a day at Tshongogwe
Secondary School used as a MVR centre in Sobendle ward, Lupane
leaving many citizens unregistered.
- Some villagers
proffered ignorance about the just ended Mobile Voter Registration
exercise and called for the process to be redone to allow them
to register to vote.
leaders who were present said that they were not intimidated and
have resolved to defy Jabulani Sibanda’s ‘instruction’
that they (traditional leaders) should warn villagers to vote
for ZANU PF saying every individual has his or her right to exercise
freedom of choice during the elections.
groups urged the participants to register and vote peace fully
in the next election through songs, dance and placards.
- The group
also demonstrated that women have a right to be voted for through
a short play urging the women participants not to hesitate to
contest for positions they are interested in.
among villagers was also noted as those who participated in the
event did so from a distance supposedly after Jabulani Sibanda’s
- Lack of identity
documents is affecting villagers’ right to register to vote
with a case in point being the 18year old single mother whose
birth certificate was burnt in 2006 and to date has failed to
get it replaced as she has failed to get assistance from the Jotsholo
registry sub-offices where she has repeatedly told that her details
are not in their system.
Agenda gave feedback to the participants on the recently signed
urging participants to take advantage of the expected (as per
the new constitution) 30 day mobile voter registration process
to register to vote.
There were also
interactive games targeting randomly picked participants to gauge
their knowledge and gained awareness during the activity. Some participants
were rewarded with t-shirts (with election related messages) after
responding to questions asked by the MC.
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