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  • Constitution bulletin day 40
    Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
    August 16, 2010

    Confusion has hit the people of Lupane, in Matabeleland North Province, due to mixed up constitution outreach dates being distributed.

    It is alleged that posters in the area have schedules that do not tally with the schedules that councilors are announcing. In some instances, the posters advertise different times or venues of the said meetings. Villagers are unhappy with the information dissemination saying it is causing a lot of confusion and this will affect their participation. Some villagers told ZimRights that some councilors were announcing the constitution public meetings as human rights awareness meetings by civil society groups.

    A meeting that was scheduled for the 2nd of August in Mvela East constituency at Ntuthuko Primary School was fruitless as no COPAC team turned up, and to date the residents were not given an apology or explanation for the cancelation of the meeting. The fact that schools are not closed puts the Lupane residents in a greater dilemma because the schools were providing more reliable information through the school children on the constitution update.

    Meanwhile, there was no activity in Mashonaland East, in the Goromonzi area. From the four meetings that were scheduled for Friday 13 August, none of the meetings were held, because the outreach teams got to the meeting points and found no one. This is because the District Administrator and the Provincial Administrator were not able to go out and announce the meetings since they did not have fuel.

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