Source: Radio Voice of the People (Harare)
Very few people attended the first day of the ZHRC public hearings at Flamboyant Hotel …as public criticises elitist approach, poor publicity
By Clayton Shereni
Public hearings on access to national documentation being conducted by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) began on a dismal note in Masvingo on July 02, with very few people attending what was supposed to be a big and inclusive gathering.
The hearings are being held at Flamboyant Hotel, a place that some people criticised as elitist and not representative of the people whose views the programme ostensibly wants to get.
An hour after the first leg of the hearings began, there were more ZHRC staff and special interest groups in attendance than members of the public, and there was not meaningful improvement in attendance as the day progressed.
Members of the public who spoke to TellZim News said the hearings could have been held at a more accessible place.