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CSOs keep momentum on devolution


Civil society organisations (CSOs) have remained steadfast in demanding devolution of power in the new constitution while also urging Copac to resolve the “parked” issues.

Two days after the Women of Zimbabwe Arise (Woza) marched in the streets of Bulawayo and blocked traffic demanding the inclusion of devolution in the new charter, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) on Wednesday issued a Press statement saying further delays in including devolution in the constitution would infringe on the rights of citizens.

“ZimRights remains concerned with the failure by the Constitutional Select Committee (Copac) to resolve the said ‘parked’ issues which among them include devolution of power,” ZimRights said in the statement.

“ZimRights believes that this defeats the whole process of popular participation as the people’s views were not respected and condemns this as a violation of citizens’ rights. We also note that Copac revealed that devolution is among the 26 principles that would be used to draft Zimbabwe’s new constitution. Then why should it be an issue and be ‘parked’? More so, ZimRights’ outreaches in Matabeleland on the people’s constitution discovered that there was notable support for a devolved system of government.”

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