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Zimbabwe Campaign demands stake in national dialogue
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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.
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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