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into the outreach exercise in the Bindura district
Resources Foundation (LRF)
September 16, 2010
The team exhibited
a good attitude. People were encouraged to express their views freely
although all three meetings took such a long time that by the end
people were no longer participating.
of Rights - The communities managed to list all
the first generation rights as well as socio-economic rights.
Women also stated that their rights are important and should not
be left out.
- The majority of participants opposed the idea of title
deeds to land but supported 99 year leases. Rutope community suggested
there should be a land audit as a matter of urgency to look into
the issue of farm sizes and maximum of one farm per family, not
per individual. Women also added that they had a right to land
and recommended half-share of land on divorce.
Legislative and Judicial Powers - The general view was
that there should be devolution of power and only two Presidential
terms of 5 years each. At Simoona they suggested the abolishment
of Prime Minister's post for purposes of saving funds. It
was suggested that the age limit for one to be President should
be between 40 and 70 years. The Chikaura and Simoona communities
were of the view that the President should appoint judges while
Rutope insisted that Parliament should take that responsibility.
Veterans - War veterans from these areas were of
the opinion that their allowances should be increased and be extended
to war collaborators and detainees. Some of them suggested a war
veterans' day to be observed every year.
of Commissions -There were suggestions that Parliament
should interview all candidates for the different commissions
and consider their qualifications as part of the selection process.
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