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  • Constitution bulletin day 71 & 72
    Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
    September 22, 2010

    Constitution outreach meetings have been suspended in Harare due to the rowdy behaviour characterising most of the meetings, bussing in of participants and intimidation. However, meetings are expected to resume after the causes for the confusion are resolved. Outreach teams in the meantime are continuing on their duties in their respective provinces.

    A meeting held yesterday, 20 September at Arda Balu Estate in Matabeleland North saw a total of 435 people converging for the meetings. Women dominated the meeting, while youth participation was low. Some of the popular issues raised in this meeting were the need for free transport for all persons over 60 years, unitary government and that the president should have the power to elect Governors and commissioners on a professional basis.

    The team facilitating the meeting held at Tchitchekani Primary School on 21 September faced some challenges. When the team arrived at the meeting point, there was an unidentified individual who was teaching people on the talking points who stopped when the outreach team got to the venue. This did not stop the outreach team from holding their meeting; they proceeded but indicated the matter in their final report. Towards the end of the meeting there was some confusion after some participants started to complain that there were participants who were not residents of the area. The team managed to contain the situation and finished the meeting.

    Some of the issues raised in the meeting were that locals should be in control of natural resources; there should be good living conditions for workers, the people should be vested with powers to recall the president and that MPs should be civil servants rather than politicians.

    In some of the thematic areas, it was apparent that the people were ignorant of the issues at hand. For example, some who wanted dual citizenship argued that this will enable foreign investors to embark in business in the country.

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