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Constitution bulletin day 20
Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
July 19, 2010
public consultation's resumed today after a break. Work in
most parts continues as normal, but a few changes have been noted.
A new questionnaire has
been introduced due to complaints by team members that translation
of talking points to vernacular has distorted some of the meanings
of the topics. An example is the thematic issue on the Arms of the
State, which has been translated to mean Weapons of the state. Apart
from it being clear, some of the explanations for the talking points
were too shallow thus presenting communication barriers. This new
questionnaire is meant to improve the level of participation and
to ensure fruitful discussions.
Another development has
been noted in Mashonaland West at a meeting held at Kawondera Primary
School. Youth participation has increased. Out of the 142 people
who attended the meeting 36 were youths, 45 were women while the
rest were men.
The outstanding topic
was on the recognition of more indigenous languages as official
languages in the constitution. People anticipate news bulletins
in vernacular such as Tonga and Nambya on both radio and television.
People agreed that traditional leaders should be trained to rule
over traditional courts, so there is uniformity in rulings to reduce
Meanwhile in Mashonaland
East although the outreach teams resumed their duties they face
eviction from their hotel because their accommodation has not been
paid to date. United NDP has been requested to pay up. Despite these
challenges, about 300 people attended the meeting that was held
at Logan Primary School in the province.
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