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    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
    May 30, 2007

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    The Save Zimbabwe Campaign which comprises of civic organizations and political formations has demanded a stake in the ongoing Southern African Development Community (SADC) mediation process led by South Africa President Thabo Mbeki.

    Addressing a Press Conference held at the National Constitutional Assembly offices soon after a meeting of the Save Zimbabwe General Council, representatives of civic groups and political parties said that the mediation efforts spearheaded by President Mbeki must be all-inclusive and take on board the concerns of all stakeholders such as human rights groups, opposition parties, students, women's groups, youths, business, youths, the disabled and other special interest groups.

    President Mbeki, was appointed mediator in Zimbabwe's political crisis at an Extra-Ordinary SADC Heads of State and Government Summit held in Tanzania from the 29th to the 30th of March 2007. The dialogue process is already underway with Mbeki having already sent a delegation to meet with ZANU PF representatives and also consulted with the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

    The national dialogue process must be held in such a way "that the voices of stakeholders are heard and taken into account at all times during such crucial negotiations if there is to be national consensus on the outcome,' the leadership of the Save Zimbabwe have demanded.

    In a statement released after the Press conference, Save Zimbabwe councilors argued that there is urgent need to halt piecemeal reforms to the country's repressive laws such as the proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 18. Save Zimbabwe also called for an end to persecution of political opponents and the need to level the political playing field.

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