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Constitution bulletin day 49
Rights Association (ZimRights)
August 26, 2010
views raised by participants during COPAC meetings is reported to
be presenting some challenges in Chegutu District, Mashonaland West.
The crowd of
172 that attended the meeting held at Takunda Primary School in
Norton, under Chegutu District on 23 August protested to for a view
saying they had not attended the meeting to vote but to air their
views. Their argument being if they vote now, what will be the purpose
of a referendum, and also that the process is intimidating.
of youths during meetings is still a major concern as the numbers
are not increasing in the areas where consultations are underway.
This has been attributed to lack of knowledge by youth on the processes
that are being carried out and how they impact the future. Consequently,
there is need for civic education in those areas where COPAC has
not reached so that more people can participate from an informed
it has been noted that people contribute mainly to the issues that
political parties are indoctrinating on such as presidential powers,
acquisition of land and the role of parliament. When it comes to
other thematic areas such as independent bodies which people have
not been coached to speak on, participation becomes low, or people
resort to saying it should remain like it is in the present constitution.
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