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going ahead with demonstrations
Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
November 06, 2002
The NCA advises that it is going ahead
with demonstrations for a democratic space through constitutional
reform scheduled for Saturday 9 November 2002. The demonstrations
will be staged in selected high-density suburbs of Harare, Mutare,
Gweru and Bulawayo.
The demonstrations will be peaceful and
the demonstrators will be carrying banners and placards calling
for a new constitution as the most viable solution to the crisis
in Zimbabwe that emanates from bad governance.
Already in some parts of the country,
the police have banned the demonstrations. We put it on record that
the police have never allowed NCA demonstrations and we see no reason
to respect these traditional and trademark bans on our activities
by the ZANU government, which is growing timid by the day.
Furthermore, the demonstrations are going
ahead as planned on Saturday contrary to the belief of some quarters
that the NCA is abandoning the demonstrations because of the MDC
anniversary celebrations. The NCA sees nothing to celebrate under
the current circumstances of massive intimidation, electoral fraud,
harassment of the opposition and the total breakdown of the rule
The only answer to the present problems
in Zimbabwe is constitutional reform. We, therefore, urge all Zimbabweans
to rally behind the demonstrations for a new constitution for it
is only through constitutional reform that Zimbabwe will achieve
a true transition to democracy.
Issued by NCA Information Department
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