Promoting the Participation of Vendors in Economic, Policy and Legislative Processes

On Saturday the 6th July 2019, Vendors Initiative for Social and Economic Transformation (VISET) and 18 other organisations conducted a mobile roadshow in Harare as part of the Constitutional Awareness Campaign. The mobile roadshow had three stops, maximising on the availability of local residents during the weekend. During the roadshow two of the stops were in Highfield (Machipisa Shopping Centre and Lusaka Shopping Centre) and the third and final stop was in Hopley (Anthony Shopping Centre).

At each of the stops, local residents came and shared their appreciation and experiences with the Constitution. Quiz and questions were asked and the participants who got the answers correct were rewarded with branded prizes (t-shirts). The headline artists were the chart-topping Jah Signal, the seasoned Shinsoman, the ever-green Empress Massina, the growing Jiggazz and many other local acts. Each artist delivered top drawer performance and singing songs aligned to the theme of the Campaign #BecomeAnActiveCitizen as part of a comprehensive package of edutainment.

The programme was divided into three broad segments. The first segment focused on defining the Constitution and the fundamental rights and freedoms set out in Chapter 4 of the Constitution while the second segment focused on what is civic education and independent commissions supporting democracy as set out in Chapter 12. The last segment drew focus on what citizen participation means by unpacking devolution as set out in Chapter 14.

An estimate of 7000 participants were reached out to directly and the Campaign concluded with solidarity messages from all the partnering organisations. The Campaign underscores VISET’s commitment to rights-based approach as part of holding solutions holders to account.

Source: Vendors Initiative for Social and Economic Transformation (VISET)