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ZANU disguise intimidation meetings
Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
July 05, 2010
ZimRights visits the
Zaka ward 30 and 32 revealed that politicians have resorted to intimidation
to safeguard their own interests while suppressing the voice of
Over the weekend ZimRights
officers in Masvingo attended community meetings in Ndoro and Machiva
villages. This was in response to allegations by a local councilor
Mutava that chiefs and councilors of ward 30 and 32 respectively
were castigating ZimRights members from participating in the constitution
public consultation meetings to be held soon.
Ward 30 held its meeting
at Dambwa school while ward 32 had its meeting at Chatora Business
During mobilization people
of ward 30 were told that the main agenda of the meeting would be
to discuss electrification of their area and other rural areas.
This was however discussed for a short time before the facilitators
of the meeting plunged into the constitution talking points. As
the talking points were read out the people were indoctrinated on
the 'correct' responses. Some of the responses they
were forced to say when COPAC comes were to denounce the post of
the prime minister and dual citizenship. Time ran out before the
facilitators could finish the indoctrination. The conclusion was
that they would elect a few people whom they would give the remaining
points and the answers they should use.
Machiva villages were
also mobilized to attend a meeting of a similar nature under the
guise of discussing school fees, which was only discussed in passing.
Present at the meeting was the MDC councilor for ward 32 Mr. Mutava
who had called for the meeting, ZANU PF shadow-councilor and several
headmen under the Dzoro chieftainship. Although having been the
one to call for the meeting, Mutawa was prevented from saying anything
by Chiromo and Khuza Cosmas of ZANU PF.
the continued intimidation by political loyalists serving their
interests at the expense of the people's rights. The constitution
making process is meant to empower Zimbabweans and not individuals
or political parties. Every Zimbabwean has the right to participate
without interference from any other person. These ZANU PF loyalists
should put their interests and differences aside and also participate
as Zimbabwean citizens.
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