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Constitution bulletin day 24
Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
July 26, 2010
Binga residents in Matebeleland
South have agreed through consensus that they want Nambya and Tonga
to be taught in the education sector instead of Ndebele.
The incorporation of
the two vernacular languages has been a topical issue in most of
the meetings that were held in the province, and other provinces
have also voiced the need for recognition of all indigenous vernaculars
in the new constitution.
The meeting held in the
area on Friday 23 July recorded a high attendance of about 200 people.
The improvement has been attributed to COPAC's new mobilizing
mechanism of going to announce a meeting in the respective communities
by word of mouth a day in advance. The other contributing factor
noted is wider information dissemination in the areas.
Technicians Association of Zimbabwe recently disclosed that they
might have to opt for a no vote during the referendum if the disabled
continue to be discriminated from participating in the ongoing constitution
making process. Some logistical factors are leading to the sidelining
of the differently abled, for instance, not all outreach teams have
a team member to articulate the talking points in sign language
and some of the chosen locations are unfriendly to the disabled.
One of the se venues cited is in Matebeleland where a disabled member
of the team was unable to participate because the meeting was held
in the first floor of Governor Angeline Masuku's offices and
it was impossible for him to get there.
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