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Zimbabwe Rural Dwellers Poorly Informed on Constitutional Revision - Lawmaker

  • Gibbs Dube

House member Albert Mhlanga of Pumula, Bulawayo, said he found on a recent visit to rural areas in the Matabeleland region that villagers are not aware that they have a right to comment on the new constitution

Despite news coverage and official statements on Zimbabwe's constitutional public outreach process, which is set to begin on Wednesday, some rural dwellers still know little about the consultation process and believe discussions of the new constitution are only for the political elite, a Matabeleland lawmaker said Friday.

Albert Mhlanga, House member for Pumula, a constituency of the Matabeleland capital of Bulawayo, said he found on a recent visit to rural areas that villagers are not aware that they can comment on the new constitution.

Mhlanga said it is tragic that people in Bambadzi, Ndolwane and other areas know little about the process.

The legislator told VOA Studio 7 reporter Gibbs Dube that Parliament's select committee on constitutional revision must take action to make sure villagers are informed so a people-oriented constitution will emerge.

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