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Community Tolerance Reconciliation and Development (COTRAD)
November 29, 2013
dialogue held at Mwenezi East Ward 5 on the 27th of November 2013
aimed at reaching out to 60 young people in the constituency, and
at creating a platform where young people as direct beneficiaries
of the execution could meet with local elected leaders to come up
with mechanisms and strategies which ensure accountability from
elected leaders. Mwenezi district as a whole is volatile and remains
a one party district.
such an activity for the first time in Mwenezi East Constituency
and the turn out to such a gathering was overwhelming. More elderly
people participated in the community engagement meeting. The community
got the opportunity to have a first ever CSO meeting that specifically
targeted young people and introducing concepts of accountability
of elected leaders to the electorate. Traditional leaders participated
in the dialogue as well as the councilor for ward 5, Master Makope.
During the first hour of engagement participants were skeptical
of NGO work in Mwenezi district but later understood the reason
for the creation of such platform.
173 people attended
the activity. The meeting focused on ward 5. 91 women and 83 men
took part on the process. The activity revealed high levels of socio-economic,
political and cultural intolerance in Mwenezi East as people in
the community cannot tolerate diverse political ideologies. Such
an activity managed to highlight the importance of the local leadership
to practice egalitarianism. Some participants noted that perceived
opposition party supporters are disenfranchised in the community
development and as part of the key result areas where the leadership
should exercise competence. The traditional leadership encouraged
CSOs to create more of these platforms as they help inform people
of their duties in community development and accountability. Citizens
demanded more livelihoods projects and more civic education on matters
of life skills, and governance issues as most of them are not aware
of their roles and community contribution to governance issues.
made use of participant list, which will serve as an ongoing evaluation
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