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COPAC to limit access to schedule of meetings, sources allege -
COPAC Outreach Day 7
in Zimbabwe Coalition
June 29, 2010
In a move that could
scuttle civil society attempts to monitor the Constitutional Parliamentary
Committee (COPAC) outreach meetings and limit citizens' access
to information, sources within COPAC allege that plans are underway
to discontinue the publication of meeting schedules in newspapers
as from the 9th of July 2010.
According to a source
based at the COPAC headquarters in Harare, the Parliamentary Committee
is contemplating distributing the schedules from provincial centers
instead of publishing the information in national newspapers for
Fears are rife that the
imminent decision could be an attempt by COPAC to limit observation
of the process which kicked off to a chaotic start on the 23rd of
June 2010. The news of this pending move comes barely one week after
a monitoring team at Sikhombingo Secondary School in Lower Gweru
in the Midlands province was barred from observing an outreach meeting
on the 24th of June 2010 and the arrest of three monitors in Manicaland
on the 25th of June during a COPAC outreach meeting.
The Coalition demands
an open and transparent process that guarantees full citizen participation
during the public consultation phase.
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