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Interaction meeting with local authorities
Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
July 26, 2010
Zimbabwe Human rights
Association (ZimRights) held an interaction meeting with local authorities
in the Magunje Rural District boardroom, attended by 13 councilors
from in and around Karoi.
Eight of them were from
ZANU PF while the rest were from the Movement for Democratic Change
This meeting was a follow
up to one that ZimRights held with farm workers in Karoi during
the previous week. In that meeting most farm workers indicated that
they were facing hurdles in efforts to have their wages increased
in order to meet the standard cost of living. They pointed to the
need for more attention on those farmers who are either disabled
or under the HIV/AIDS programme.
During the interaction
meeting ZimRights gathered that the relationship between the local
leaders and the farm workers required more effort from both parties.
The councilors cited lack of communication as one of the major challenges
that they face in trying to assist farmers to improve their working
conditions and standard of living. Most farmers are said to be working
in collaboration with organizations that do not communicate their
operations to local leaders. As a result, the councilors are not
aware of activities that take place in some parts of their communities
thereby making it difficult for them to intervene.
Issues related to the
differently abled, gender, HIV and AIDS were also discussed, with
the councilors pointing to the crucial need to adopt policies that
cater for affected individuals. Many workers suffer discrimination
based on gender and physical disabilities. However all the councilors
agreed that these grounds are no justification for any form of discrimination.
Every person has the right to work and earn a living and these should
be respected in the same manner as everyone.
Upon gathering this information,
ZimRights will be lobbying these local authorities to address the
problems noted. All the councilors present agreed that it is their
mandate as leaders to ensure that their communities do not suffer
human rights violations. As leaders, they are there to fulfill that
obligation to the people who voted.
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