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Save Zimbabwe Coalition resolve to engage in civil disobedience
over Mugabe term extension
Guma, SW Radio Africa
The general council of
the Save Zimbabwe Coalition on Thursday resolved to engage in a
civil disobedience campaign against plans by Zanu-PF to extend Mugabe's
groups together leaders from the opposition parties, civic society,
student movement and church groups. According to Pedzisai Ruhanya
the programmes manager for the Crisis
in Zimbabwe Coalition who are also participants, 'several
forms of protest within the limits of a democracy,' are being
planned in 2007. He was unwilling to provide Newsreel with the actual
details saying this would compromise the programme.
The coalition, a brainchild
of the Christian Alliance, is demanding elections in 2008 under
a new democratic constitution. Last week Justice Minister Patrick
Chinamasa issued threats to the grouping, warning that any planned
demonstrations will be illegal under the country's laws. In
December Mugabe used his State of the Nation Address to warn opposition
forces that, 'While the country respects and affords everyone
the right of assembly and association, the use of such platforms
as tools to advance the British-inspired regime change agenda cannot
Ruhanya however told
Newsreel that Zimbabweans were united in the suffering and repression
they faced from Zanu-PF and would make their views known as stakeholders.
representing his MDC party, and Romaldo Mavedzenge standing in for
the Arthur Mutambara MDC were in attendance. Arthur Mutambara offered
his apologies after attending veteran politician Edgar Tekere's
book launch. Welshman Ncube his Secretary General is said to have
attended a funeral. Also present were Zimbabwe
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) leaders Lovemore Matombo and
Constitutional Assembly (NCA) chairperson Lovemore Madhuku and
leaders from the Zimbabwe
National Students Union (ZINASU), Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Bulawayo
Agenda and Bulawayo Dialogue were among the others who attended.
is reported to have at least over 23 member groups.
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