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PF supporters disrupt meetings in Chinhoyi - COPAC Outreach
in Zimbabwe Coalition
June 24, 2010
ZANU PF supporters today,
24 June 2010 disrupted outreach meetings in Chinhoyi prompting COPAC
teams deployed to various centres to be recalled, The Convenor has
a member of COPAC who is stationed in Chinhoyi, all hell broke loose
at 1130hrs today when an elderly ZANU PF supporter and four youths
converged at Gadzema Domestic Signs Crèche, and demanded
to know what the outreach team was doing in the area. Efforts to
explain the constitution
making process to the five by the COPAC team including a ZANU
PF Member of Parliament (MP), Mr. Gava proved fruitless as they
accused members of the outreach team of using the constitution making
process as a ploy to misuse donor funds.
'The five ZANU
PF supporters started singing, 'Nyika yakauya neropa'
(We sacrificed our lives to get independence). They then accused
us of planning to benefit from resources obtained from 'imperialists.
We had to abandon the meeting after the five vandalised one of our
vehicles,' said the COPAC member who refused to be named.
More than 100 community members, who had gathered for the meeting
were forced to return to their homes.
Asked what COPAC would
do in view of the obvious threat to the outreach program, the source
said that two team leaders, Honourable Chidhakwa (ZANU PF) and Honourable
Matamisa (MDC) had indicated that they would engage the political
parties to reign in errant supporters. He however noted that he
believed the problems were emanating from party leaders as there
were cases of disruptions in Jongwe ward which is also in Chinhoyi.
A monitor based in Chinhoyi also reported disruptions at Chikonohono
Primary School while at Chaedza Hall about 50 people who attended
the meeting refused to participate as there were no police officers
teams deployed to Bindura (Mashonaland Central), Gweru (Midlands)
and Chinhoyi (Mashonaland West) revealed that meetings in these
areas had not begun by 12pm today. The Coalition's monitoring
team in Mashonaland Central has indicated that an outreach meeting
is currently taking place at Sarugado Stepping Stone early Learning
Centre, Bindura. However, the monitors indicated that the meeting
is highly polarised with Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters
sitting on one side while ZANU PF supporters are sitting on the
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