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ZANU PF goes on a crowd shopping spree - Constitution watch
Residents Association (CHRA)
July 21, 2010
ZANU PF has gone desperate
to the levels of busing party sympathizers to come and sail its
party agenda through. This has been exposed during COPAC meetings
that were convened in the CBD of Bindura. Most of the participants
were offloaded by a green identified Nissan Van which was full of
dust justifying the fact that it was coming from the rural areas.
Most of the participants were seen holding mini-scripts, with some
of the ZANU PF supporter's failing to decode the information
written on the uniform piece of papers. Bindura Residents Association
has it on good record that much of the issues that were articulated
during the meetings simply reiterated the ZANU PF political agenda.
Residents of Bindura also expressed their utter dismay on the frightening
presence of those loyal to the securocrats, who are well known for
their insatiable desire to fulfill ZANU PF violent objectives. A
member of Bindura Residents Association, (name withheld) is alleged
to have escaped abduction by a whisker after having made contributions
that were considered to be anti- Zanu PF during a meeting in Bindura's
CBD. Reports from those who attended the meeting indicate that the
Residents' Association member was actually saved by SABC cameramen
who converged on him and distracted the security agents who were
looking for him. Residents have castigated the overwhelming presence
of state security agents at outreach meetings saying it will be
detrimental to the independence of the whole process.
The issue of hired crowds
has continued to dominate the scene in the Province of Mashonaland
central. This province has been on the record of being a no go area
to people driven processes because it has been deemed to be a ZANU
PF dominated area with past elections having proven that. However,
ZANU PF has thrived on violence and intimidation. The meeting that
took place at Marimira Business centre was described as peaceful
though concerns are still being raised on the issue of people reading
photocopied pre-written scripts. Reports from Shamva have revealed
that the residents are lobbying for the reduction of the Presidential
term. A few numerically unamplified voices lobbied for the Kariba
Draft but unfortunately failed to justify it meaningfully since
they were not in tandem with its contents!
Meanwhile other areas
like Mutoko which have not had any meetings so far have been reported
to be calm. Mutoko Residents Association has revealed that political
parties are busy mobilizing their supporters to participate in the
outreach meetings and no one has complained about the process.
to reiterate the need for independence in the constitution
making process. The Association is against the use of violence
or issuing of threats, as residents need to fully exercise their
freedom of expression during the outreach meetings. State security
agents need to be sober enough to understand that this process must
sail through with the Zimbabwean Citizens extending their views
without fear or victimization. CHRA maintains its position in lobbying
for the constitutionalisation and democratization of the Local Government
framework in Zimbabwe.
CHRA remains committed
to advocating for good, transparent and accountable local governance
as well as lobbying for quality and affordable municipal service
delivery on a non-partisan basis.
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