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More room for improvement - Constitution bulletin day 10
Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
July 02, 2010
It seems more
work needs to be done to put the COPAC house in order. The management
committee of COPAC is expected to sit soon to discuss the remuneration
of outreach teams.
team members are not happy with the allowance discrepancy between
them and the team rapporteurs. However some improvements have also
been noted such as punctuality in Mashonaland East which has been
attributed to the maps the outreach teams received about three days
ago. These maps help them to locate their meeting points without
As the public
meetings continue, reports indicate low participation in urban areas.
A meeting held at the Gweru Theatre yesterday recorded a turn up
of less than a hundred participants. Reasons for the low turn up
are still unclear. The situation is rather different in rural areas.
Marondera Rural District participation is averaging between two
hundred and five hundred. At a meeting held yesterday in Muchemwa
village more than 200 people were present.
Women have been
recorded to be dominating the meetings. A particular example is
that of the meeting that was held in Muchemwa which recorded more
females than males. In Chivi it was also observed that the youth
turn up is very low. Some of the explanations include that most
youths will be in school during the meetings or some do not know
the impotence of the process.
to be some reluctance in some people's participation. In Lower
Gwelo, the translations from English to vernacular has left many
loopholes in the talking points. This has caused the discussions
to fall out in terms of objectivity because the questions and the
explanations are not clear.
for all Zimbabweans to support this constitution making process.
Boycotting at this point will not help build the nation. The outreach
team should be able to translate the talking points to avoid discouraging
people from participating. Every Zimbabwean has a right to participate
in this process and language should and must not be a barrier.
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