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Zimbabwe Constitution Panel Seeks to Boost Youth Participation In Outreach


The outreach process has been hampered in recent weeks by financial difficulties, with key donors like the United Nations Development Program said to be expressing concern about spending

Zimbabwe's Parliamentary Select Committee for Revision of the Constitution has reached agreement with the United Nations Children’s Fund on funding to boost youth involvement in the public outreach phase of the process, though this will be concluded within the next several weeks.

Committee Chairman Douglas Mwonzora of the Movement for Democratic Change formation led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said UNICEF has agreed to work with his panel in principle.

The outreach process has been hampered in recent weeks by financial difficulties, with key donors like the United Nations Development Program said to be expressing concern about spending.

Mwonzora told VOA Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that the agreement was in response to the low level of turnout by young Zimbabweans in the outreach process.

Select committee members and district administrators in Matebeleland South held a meeting in Bulawayo on Friday to reschedule outreach team meetings through the end of the process.

COPAC Deputy Co-Chair Gladys Dube Gombami told reporter Brenda Moyo that it was decided during the meeting to conduct outreach on September 18 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city, and finish the process on September 19 in Beitbridge, on the border with South Africa.

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