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Zimbabwean police at it again
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
November 21, 2007

The police in Honde Valley, Manicaland have denied Crisis Coalition police clearance for the rural outreach public meeting, which was scheduled for today, 21 November 2007.

The police argued that they did not have enough manpower to ensure public peace during the meeting. They argued that political gatherings usually end up in violent clashes as if to say the Coalition is a political party.

The meeting was aimed at deliberating on the ongoing SADC Initiatives, the Electoral environment and the state of voter registration. Information received from Zimbabwe Elections Support Network (ZESN) is that in the initial registration process, which closed in September 2007, the government only managed to register 80 000 people. This forced the government to re-open the voter registration process.

The Coalition will not be deterred by the state calculated maneuvers to stop the Coalition from doing its duties in line with the mandate bestowed on the organization by its members and serving the public through informing them of their rights to make informed decisions. When the state manages to register a paltry 80 000 people, it is a cause for concern to the civil society, hence our effort to rectify the situation through joining hands with the rest of the progressive forces in encouraging the people of Zimbabwe to participate in the electoral process.

We are going back to Honde Valley at Hauna Growth Point in Manicaland on the 5th of December 2007 to proceed with our agenda of promoting civic participation in political processes.

Once more we reiterate our position to the police that Crisis Coalition is not a political party. It is a civic organization which was founded in 2001 as a collective response to the country's deep seated crisis of governance and legitimacy by more than 300 organisations calling upon democratic governance in the country.

Our values are noted below:

  • Justice and peace
  • Non-violence
  • Tolerance
  • Inclusiveness
  • Non-partisan
  • Non-sexism
  • Equity of all citizens
  • Mutual respect and support
  • Transparency, integrity and accountability
  • Commitment to principle and action
  • Human rights

Meanwhile, the Civil Society Briefing Meeting scheduled for 22 November 2007 at Mountview Hotel from 0800hrs to 1300hrs in Mutare is going ahead as scheduled. The Coalition will discuss and seek to develop a collective position from the Civil Society on the forth coming elections.

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