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Agenda activity update
July 02, 2013
Witnesses Training-Nkayi Centre
‘Community Witnesses’, comprising two traditional leaders,
Nkayi Agenda Chapter Committee members, Community Based Organizations
among others attended training on information gathering, documentation
and dissemination, lobbying and advocacy. The main objective of
the training was to capacitate community witnesses with citizen
journalism skills which will assist them in the process of information
gathering and reporting on important governance issues, with immediate
on the forthcoming elections. It was also meant to enhance their
lobbying and advocacy skills so as to improve public participation
in governance and accountability.
knowledge on the fundamentals of information gathering and lobbying
CWs were briefed on the legislative reforms that have been completed
since the inception of the Inclusive government. They were also
updated on the recent Constitutional Court ruling
which culminated in the nomination court sitting on the 28th of
CWs were trained on the following areas:
Role of Community
Witnesses: CWs act as community watchdogs and provide information
on developments that need the attention of those in power. They
also operate as a connection between their communities and the outside
world by providing information. CWs also gather and disseminate
important information on governance that assists communities in
their lobbying and advocacy drives.
Community Witnessing: It was emphasized that CWs must take heed
to the basic principles of information gathering and dissemination
when carrying out their duties. These include accuracy, fairness,
impartiality, independence and thoroughness.
Gathering Techniques: Participants were also trained on information
gathering techniques such as interviews, observation and research.
The research technique was emphasized because it plays an important
role in verifying whatever information is being reported on.
were trained on basic reporting skills. They were taught to answer
the critical, ‘5Ws and an H, questions: what, who, when, why,
where and how, when reporting’. This would help them compile
Peace Building Meeting-Guwe
On the same
day, Bulawayo Agenda, through its Nkayi chapter, held a Community
Peace Building Meeting in Guwe village in Nkayi. 132 community members
including 1 (one) headman and two village heads attended the meeting.
The meeting discussed the socio-political situation as the country
draws closer to elections, politically motivated conflict and other
sources of conflict in the area. Means of ensuring that elections
are peaceful and credible in the area were also discussed.
are some of the highlights of the meeting;
motivated violence: Villagers accused politicians of fueling violence
in the area through schemes such as partisan distribution of food
aid and sponsoring of ‘war vets’ and devious youths
to mete out violence against opponents. They, however, vowed to
continue to stand up against violence and/or intimidation and vote
for their desired candidates.
Registration: The villagers argued that the lack of transparency
in the process will result in a contested election outcome which
has a potential of fueling more conflict in the villages and across
Pledge for peace
by local leaders: The traditional leaders and political activists
who attended the meeting pledged peace in the forthcoming elections,
however, warning that the elections could still be ‘rigged’
peacefully. They argued that the recent party primary elections
showed political parties’ resolve to manipulate figures as
they inflated their own numbers thus literally claiming every ward
member to be their member in some instances.
leaders contesting in forthcoming elections: Villagers revealed
that more than 10 traditional leaders had filed their papers with
the nomination court to be councilors on a Zanu-PF ticket (NB. Bulawayo
Agenda is still verifying this information). This would compromise
them in discharging their duties.
gave feedback on the ongoing preparation for the forth-coming elections.
Villagers were also encouraged to register to vote peacefully and
set the foundation for development in their communities.
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