Community leaders urged to drive BVR

HARARE – Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) recently held meetings with leaders of community-based organisations in Kadoma and villagers in Zhombe, encouraging them to register as voters as well as mobilise others.

ZimRights senior programmes officer, Leo Chamahwinya, addressing villagers at St Theresa Secondary School in Zhombe West Constituency allayed fears they nursed about biometric voter registration (BVR).

“We need to go and register to vote in our numbers. It is your right to vote for leaders of your choice.

“But never let anyone intimidate you and threaten you that this new system will make some people find who you vote for because they will be lying to you,” he said.

Chamahwinya also took the opportunity to explain to villagers recent developments which saw transfer of power from former president Robert Mugabe to President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

“We now have a new president. He will complete the term of President Robert Mugabe after which we will go for elections,” said Chamahwinya, adding that it was always wise for people to be ready for elections.

“The rat doesn’t know when the rain will come, but he keeps his hideaway underground ready all the time.”

A villager confided to ZimRights: “People were worried why the new voter registration system has changed and has new requirements. It is making people afraid of registering.”

The Zhombe villagers, who had defied the wet weather to attend the event, promised to spread the message to their peers and requested ZimRights to hold more awareness meetings in the area, particularly at Siyapambili.

In Kadoma, at a meeting co-hosted by Berina Arts, ZimRights encouraged the members of the community-based organisations, who previously benefited from capacity-building workshops, to mobilise people to register to vote in line with the #10x10 campaign.

ZimRights will hold a roadshow in Mvuma in the Midlands Province in December.

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