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  • COPAC to limit access to schedule of meetings, sources allege - COPAC Outreach Day 7
    Crisis 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 unspecified reasons.

    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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