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Intimidation in Mutare - Constitution bulletin
Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
July 12, 2010
in Mutare started off on a more positive note than the rest of the
country's provinces, it has been marred by a lot of intimidation.
war veterans, retired army personnel and youth gangs are reportedly
instilling fear uneasiness in various communities of Manicaland.
Chanting slogans of intimidation raising their clenched fists these
groups are said to be dominating the consultative meetings, drowning
the divergent and significant voices of the common people. These
groups are causing confusion as they continue to bring up issues
such as the lifting of sanctions, irrelevant to the constitution
the ZANU PF dominated meetings in the urban area have attendants
of 70 to a hundred, compared to totals of between 200 and 250 in
the rural areas, with the highest recorded at 450. Although rural
areas are recording such large turnout only a few are contributing
their views to the process.
the meetings held around Manicaland some of the topical issues were;
- ZANU PF
wants executive presidential powers, while the rest were in support
of the current government structure with both the president and
the Prime Minister's post.
- The ZANU
PF apologists also support the 99 year lease of land, while other
residents want title deeds for ownership of the land
- Last but
not least ZANU PF also wants an economy of 51% ownership of business
by black Zimbabwean against a free investment vote from opposition.
Apart from the
political party differences many people have agreed that natural
resources should benefit the locals first before anyone else. This
may be in form of improved infrastructure or job preferences.
the parliament to prioritise issues surrounding the constitution
making process during its cabinet meeting tomorrow. They must
come up with strategies to improve the consultation and participating
environment to ensure that people remain undeterred.
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