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shedding will affect women's participation
Residents Association (BPRA)
May 28, 2010
Women from Makokoba
and Mzilikazi (ward 7 and 8, respectively) have indicated that load
shedding by ZESA currently poses as the biggest threat to women
participation in the constitution
making process. At a meeting to discuss women's involvement
in the constitution making process organized by Bulawayo Progressive
Residents Association in Makokoba Constituency, women indicated
that faced with a situation where they have to make a choice between
cooking for their families and participating in the constitution
making process, women would rather have men representing their interests.
The meeting indicated that the load shedding timetable has meant
that they would be busy looking for firewood to cook for their families
when they should be engaged in nation building.
process of appointing judges
Residents in Bulawayo
have said that the appointment of judges by President Mugabe is
fraught with irregularities and makes a mockery of the principle
of the separation of powers and the inclusive government. Recently
President Mugabe appointed Justice Nicholas Mathonsi, Justice Andrew
Mutema and Justice Garaunesu Mawadze to the high court and elevated
George Chiweshe, the "electoral fraud" to the office
of the Judge President. In other African countries the parliament
has a role to play in the appointment of top civil servants and
yet in Zimbabwe the old is refusing to die despite the inclusive
ministers of water meeting in Bulawayo
Bulawayo residents have
welcomed the hosting of this year's Southern African Development
Committee (SADC) Sectoral Ministers of Water Committee which seeks
to harmonise access to and utilization of the water resources of
the Zambezi Basin by riparian states in Bulawayo. The residents
take it as a commitment and recognition of the perennial water problems
that have engulfed the provinces of Matabeleland since time immemorial.
However residents have indicated that there is need for practical
action towards the resolution of the water crisis in Matabeleland.
Since 1912, the residents of Matabeleland formed the Matabeleland
Zambezi Water Trust to come up with ways of ameliorating the crisis
but government has not shown any commitment towards funding the
programme. The inclusive government has brought hope to the resuscitation
of the project.
Africa Residents want
As the world is slowly
transforming into a global village, African citizens still find
themselves in a quandary as a result of the deferment of democracy
and conflicts such as those experienced in Somali and the DRC. Recent
upsurges in Kenya have also laid bare the prospects of peace in
Africa. Marking the commemorations of the Africa Day, residents
in Bulawayo have lamented the continued imbalances in the administration
of justice and that peace has not been allowed to take its place
within the African setting. While countries such as Ghana and South
Africa have been viewed as icons in the championing of democratic
ideals, other countries like Zimbabwe and Kenya have experienced
a violent miscarriage of democracy. As most African countries tread
on the path to democracy residents said that they urge Zimbabwean
leaders to also focus on the same.
BPRA will host
a clean-up campaign, in collaboration with other organisations to
commemorate World Environment Day. The campaign will run under the
theme Many People, One Future, One Bulawayo. Keep Bulawayo Clean!
Theclean-up will be on Saturday 5 June 2010 at the Basch Street
Progressive Residents Association June 2010 Consultative Meetings
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