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Constitution bulletin day 27
Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
July 26, 2010
A significant increase
in youth participation has been noted in Mashonaland West today
at Gwebi Teachers' College.
From a total of 250 participants,
120 were youth, making up nearly half of the crowd.
Youths at the consultation
meeting welcomed the idea of the National Youth Training Service
but castigated partisan practice in the running of the institution.
They said political domination of the programs is not welcome because
the previous management of the youth service was political and it
forced youths gong through training to engage in violence and other
dehumanizing activities. Most of the people agreed that recruitment
into the programme should not be compulsory.
Another topical issue
was that war veterans should desist from partisan practices. It
was argued that when the liberation fighters went to war, they did
not go to fight for a particular party but for the freedom of the
Zimbabwean natives. So as a group they should not be affiliate to
a particular party.
Systems of governance
also stirred up debate with some of the people vying for the devolved
system while some wanted the unitary system.
However, COPAC members
were faced with a challenge of three soldiers who attended the meeting
in their army regalia. Although the constitution consultation manual
states that no one is allowed to attend the meeting a party regalia,
nothing is said about other uniforms, like security uniforms. Yet
this is also crucial during this period because participants may
feel intimidated by uniformed personnel, especially from the security
department. The soldiers supported the need to remove the office
of the Prime Minister.
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