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  • Chaos and bickering mars constitution making process
    Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN), Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) Independent Constitution Monitoring Project (ZZZICOMP)
    June 22, 2010

    Chaos reigned supreme in some of the country's provinces as the constitution making process commenced on Monday 21 June 2010.

    In Harare members of the constitutional outreach team were stranded after officials at Ambassador Hotel refused to accommodate them. As late as 23:00 hrs some members had not yet secured accommodation while few others secured accommodation with their relatives.

    COPAC coordinator Peter Kunjeku, who attempted to address the outreach team members unsuccessfully tried to convince the members to relocate to ZESA training centre, where he claimed to have secured accommodation for them. But the members could not accept the proposal and accused him of treating them like children.

    The COPAC members complained of hunger as they were not allocated allowances to purchase food since Monday morning.

    In rebuking Kunjeku, one of the COPAC members, Jerry Gotora openly told him that COPAC was treating the outreach members as kids because they last slept in a dormitory when they were in high school.

    In Marondera, a team that was supposed to accredit Mashonaland East and Harare COPAC members failed to pitch up on time at Marondera Hotel. Accreditation only took place on Tuesday together with the induction process.

    Similarly outreach members who had booked themselves at Chinhoyi University Technology (CUT) in Mashonaland West were booted out of the facility after authorities discovered that they shouldn't be accommodated in the property. No accreditation took place.

    Outreach members were also not accredited in Masvingo. Accreditation only started on Tuesday followed by induction.

    In Matabeleland North, the outreach team was still awaiting the arrival of the COPAC accreditation team.

    Wrangles were reported in Manicaland where ZANU PF and MDC members quarreled over who should be accommodated at Holiday Inn hotel in Mutare after accreditation failed to commence as planned. Accreditation only commenced on Tuesday.

    Only in Mashonaland Central did the COPAC accreditation team start and complete the process albeit late on the first day.

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