COPAC's Final Narrative Report to Parliament - Feb 2013.doc

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2.8. Outreach per Province 2.8.1. Bulawayo A total of 57 meetings were held in Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, with 11,556 people attending the meetings, the least attendance in all the provinces. The Select Committee had deliberately structured outreach in such a way that the Metropolitan provinces, that is Harare and Bulawayo, would be done last, in a space of a few days, using the teams from other provinces. Generally all meetings in Bulawayo Metropolitan province were held in a peaceful environment with members of the public freely making their contributions. Outreach in Bulawayo was held from the 18 th to the 28 th September 2010 with teams from Bulawayo, Matabeleland South and North Provinces conducting the outreach. There were misunderstandings over how many meetings were to be held in each ward with some insisting on one meeting per ward as per the Select Committee resolution prior to outreach, while others argued that circumstances on the ground necessitated 34 The Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) Report to Parliament, February 2013
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the holding of more than one meeting per ward. Eventually, two meetings were held in most of the 29 wards in the province. The process was also interrupted on the 18 th of September by an industrial action by drivers who were striking against late payment of their allowances. The Select Committee, as it had done in other provinces which had faced similar challenges threatened to dismiss all the Drivers if they had refused to resume duty. They immediately resumed work. There were, however, accommodation challenges for outreach teams as they would move in and out of hotels for non-payment of hotel bills. The process was overseen by Hon Believe Gaule, Hon Martin Khumalo and the late Hon Jabulani B Ndlovhu. The outcomes of the meetings are clearly indicated in the National and Provincial Statistical reports as annexures to this report. 2.8.2. Harare A total of 96 meetings were held in Harare Metropolitan Province, with 49,699 people attending meetings. Harare province meetings posed a real challenge to outreach consultation process as cases of violence were widespread in the province. Serious cases of violence were reported in areas like Chitungwiza and Caren Business Centre in Budiriro high density suburb where people from different political parties fought running battles with the Police and the meetings had to be abandoned. On the 19 th of September 2010, another meeting was also abandoned in Glenview due to violence. In the work of this violence, the Management Committee met and resolved that all meetings abandoned due to violence would have to be redone, with the Police being urged to act if any violence resurfaces, and forty such meetings were redone without incidence. Outreach in the Province was conducted by teams from Mashonaland East and West, Harare and Masvingo provinces. These provinces had completed their outreach and the Select Committee had resolved that Harare and Bulawayo outreach would be carried out after the rest of the provinces had completed theirs.
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  • Fall '17
  • Jane Moore
  • ........., Parliament of the United Kingdom, The Honourable, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, The Right Honourable, Constitution Select Committee

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