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Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
July 07, 2010
Civil society monitors
have resumed work today in response to a meeting held yesterday
between COPAC and representatives from civil society.
The monitors have not
been carrying out their duties for the past two days after the allegations
made in The Sunday mail dated 04 July that COPAC had identified
480 bogus civil society monitors patrolling illegally. The two parties
set yesterday to iron out the issue. It was resolved that civil
society monitors can resume their duties, but organizations should
make sure they are accredited and given identification so that their
presence does not impact negatively constitution meetings. COPAC
Co-Chairperson, Paul Mangwana had ruled that civil society members
can only participate as observers and not monitors in the process.
Meanwhile research has
shown that the constitution public consultations in rural areas
on average are recording higher attendance than urban areas.
Most meetings are being
held in the rural areas are recording as least 300 participants.
This has been attributed to the fact that most people in the rural
areas are not formally employed, hence are flexible to attend afternoon
meetings even if they are delayed. The participants although they
come out in large numbers mostly comprise of the elderly men and
women. The situation has proven, in some cases, to be a disadvantage
for the COPAC facilitators because few from this age group have
enough information to participate effectively.
in some resettlement areas is characterised by intimidation, which
is affecting the level of engagement. The participation in these
areas is mostly prescribed. For example in Burma Valley and Romsley,
in the Manicaland area near Chiadzwa, the people are being threatened
to only speak for the adoption of the Kariba
the inclusion of civil society monitors in the consultation process
as this will help increase credibility of the process, as shielding
the process from the third party will raise eyebrows. However, the
organization condemns the continued intimidation and interference
that is still evident in some communities. Zimbabweans must join
together and realise that the making
of the constitution is not an individual's or party's
task, but a right for every person despite political differences.
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