copac offices.jpgThe Constitutional Parliamentary Select  Committee has expressed concern at the low attendance at outreach meetings in the two Matabeleland provinces.  

With the first phase of the constitution outreach having come to an end, Copac officials are taking stock to map out better strategies for the next stage.

 

Statistics from Matabeleland show 153 meetings took place with 6 205 people attending in Matabeleland South, while 8 379 attended meetings in Matabeleland North compared to other provinces which recorded figures between 15 000 and 30 000 people.

 

Addressing journalists in Harare, one of the three co-chairs of Copac Mr. Edward Mkhosi of MDC-M said the low figures of people who attended the meetings in the two Matabeleland Provinces is a matter of concern.

A total of one thousand meetings have so far been held countrywide, with Midlands province recording the highest number of meetings at 158, while Mashonaland Central province recorded the highest number of participants where more than 30 000 people attended the outreach meetings.

 

The first phase of outreach faced several challenges including provision of accommodation and meals for outreach members.

 

 Copac and the UNDP which is administering the constitution making funds are working on ways to ensure that the second phase will flow smoothly.