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Witnesses receive training
June 11, 2013
held a capacity development workshop for 19 Community Witnesses
(CWs) in Maphisa, Matobo district last Saturday. CWs drawn from
various villages were trained as resident observers and reporters
on election related issues.
were given skills in monitoring, writing and reporting. CWs feed
into Bulawayo Agenda’s existing community based monitoring
and advocacy based evidence-making tools which are Below The Surface
Campaign, The Election Agenda and Community Newsletters. Bulawayo
Agenda is currently monitoring the 30-day Mobile Voter Registration
implemented as per the new constitutional provisions.
took the opportunity to give feedback to the participants on the
current developments on the electoral processes in Zimbabwe.
Below are some
of the major highlights of the training:
raised concerns on the upcoming Mobile Voter Registration which
they said was poorly publicized and also inaccessible.
- There were
also concerns on the partisan conduct of traditional leaders who
serve Zanu-PF interests at the expense of the people hence fueling
- It was reported
that neighborhood watch officers were informed that they will
be incorporated into the police force and therefore vote 16 days
before the next elections raising fears that there may be forced
through threats and intimidation to vote for Zanu-PF.
revealed that Matobo has been characterised by extensive vote
buying through rice and wheat distributed by Zanu-PF structures
to those perceived to be loyal to Zanu-PF.
- In Silawa,
there were violent clashes among the communities over the unfair
distribution of these commodities which are provided by the Grain
reported that Chief Ndiweni dissociated himself from the “vote
buying” process and instructed his traditional leaders to
desist from being involved in such activities as it was dividing
- War collaborators
were called for a meeting in Harare raising suspicions and fears
that they may be incorporated into Zanu-PF’s political machinery
to intimidate the community during the elections period.
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