Fear causing increased apathy among communities

Fear, a remnant of years of politically motivated violence perpetrated by ZANU PF against its opponents, has resulted in apprehension and growing apathy among the electorate mostly in rural communities. This emerged during three community outreach initiatives held by the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition on the 20th and 21st of April 2012 at Magororo in Magunje, Mahuwe Business Centre in Mahuwe and Nyamhunga 2 in Kariba respectively which were attended by 267 people (152 men and 115 women).

The meetings were aimed at creating a platform between the local people and their representatives in government including councillors and traditional leaders to give feedback on national processes and other pertinent issues. The participants expressed aversion towards leaders in government who drive their own agendas at the expense of the wills and aspirations of the people they represent.

The Coalition was also informed that the villagers are living in fear of the reincarnation of political violence if elections are held before critical reforms like transitional justice and national healing are carried out, a democratic constitution is delivered and mechanisms which ensure security of persons are put in place.

Participants also expressed concern over the delay by the Constitutional Parliamentary Committee (COPAC) to deliver a democratic constitution as articulated in the Article Six of the Global Political Agreement (GPA). Local leaders were also urged to prioritise improving social service delivery including construction of roads, schools and hospitals.

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