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escalates in Shamva
in Zimbabwe Coalition
May 17, 2010
In less than
a month, the Constitution Parlimentary Committee (COPAC) is set
to commence public consultations on the content of the proposed
constitution. However the environment in which the constitution
making process is taking place remains unfavourable for full citizen
participation with cases of intimidation on the increase.
from the rural community of Chakonda in Shamva, Mashonaland Central
are that there has been a marked increase in cases of intimidation
against Movement for Democratic Change Supporters (MDC) supporters
by members of ZANU PF. This was revealed during the theatre discussion
forum held by Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition and Savanna Trust on
the 15th of May 2010 at Chakonda Business Centre.
the villagers, on the eve of the theatre discussion forum (14 May),
ZANU PF supporters and headmen in the area moved around wards discouraging
villagers from attending and threatening unspecified action against
any 'sell-outs'. As a result, most villagers watched
the play fro afar out of fear.
attempted to stop the theatre performance arguing that they were
not aware of the Coalition's political affiliation and thus
needed authority from ZANU PF structures and the presidents'
office to encourage villagers to attend the performance. The five
however failed to stop the performance as the Coalition was in possession
of police clearance.
discussion forums are part of a series of such meetings organized
by the Coalition under the Voice Up constitutional campaign aimed
at provoking debate and discussion among communities on the constitutional
reform process. The performance, which tackles both the importance
and content of the envisaged constitution, was performed by the
Savanna Trust drama group.
issues tabled for debate in the performance are:
- Civil and
Political rights (including the Freedom of Choice around sexual
concerns were raised by villagers in Chakonda;
- There is
need for timely notification by COPAC ahead of the outreach program
- The military
should not interfere in the outreach program
of the COPAC ward meetings should be made through neutral authorities.
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