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COPAC operations an indoor meeting
Rights Association (ZimRights)
July 04, 2011
Kambuzuma, complained over the silence of the constitutional making
body (COPAC) on the ground covered in the constitutional reform
process describing the secrecy as equalling to a closed door meeting.
were raised during a ZimRights orgnised human rights civic education
meeting at Kambuzuma 2 Shopping centre. The meeting was attended
by 96 participants; 53 of them being men and the remaining female
during the day revolved around the on-going constitutional reform
process and the related talk of election, implementation of the
and the role of the SADC in the survival of the Zimbabwe political
economy. Mr Munava , the ZimRights Programmes Manager started by
giving an update on current national issues after which he invited
community sentiments. The participants, most of whom are unemployed
confessed ignorance on what is going in relation to the topical
issue. According to Mr Munava, in simple words; "the community
cried foul over the limited publicity of the constitution making
process" and added that "what can only quench their
thirst with regards to that matter would be regular updates on meeting
with communities from COPA."
the print media publicity that the body sporadically utilise in
updating the people on the ground covered, ZimRights through these
meetings has discovered that Zimbabwean communities do not have
access to information through that form of information dissemination
tool. The organisation therefore appeals to the responsible authorities
to device more ways that will complement the print media. Human
rights campaigners would also like to register disappointment with
the politically motivated on and off mode that COPAC has found itself
in; in the past weeks in regard to which template to use in compiling
the information gathered during the consultative phase. The organisation
therefore calls the parliamentarians to put the interests of the
people of Zimbabwe ahead of their own.
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