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    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
    July 06, 2010

    Mashonaland West

    A monitor stationed in Mashonaland West, Zvimba district reported that the red 4X4 vehicle, whose registration number is unknown, was spotted as different meeting points deploying plain clothed soldiers and central Intelligence Organization (CIO) officers believed to be from Chinhoyi. Yesterday the 5th of July 2010 the soldiers and the CIO officers were intimidating people at a meeting held at Madzima Primary school. Villagers were not given a chance to air their views freely. The soldiers were the ones who were making contributions on "behalf of the people". The same scenario happened in meetings in Makonde where only selected people from political parities would make contributions. Members of the outreach teams have voiced concerns over their own safety since they are not aware of the ulterior motives of these officers. However Honourable Mutamisa and honorable Chidhakwa were said to be looking into the issue.

    Matebeleland North

    A total of 115 people attended the meeting at Mpumalanga Business Centre, yesterday the 5th of July 2010. However, most meetings that were scheduled for Hwange Urban did not take place, as people did not show up. Reports from the district are that one of the COPAC teams had to ask Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) to release its workers so that they can attend consultation meeting. By end of day on Monday one COPAC team had dropped holding meetings and resolved to mobilise for meeting to be held on Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th while another was mobilising for Wednesday 7th and Thursday the 8th of July 2010. In another incident one Spiwe Mupfawa is threatening to evict people who make contributions contrary to the ZANU PF views from council houses. Mupfawa is said to have openly threatened one teacher at Mabale Business Centre.

    Mashonaland Central

    At Nyamaruru Primary School in Shamva district yesterday was the 5th of July 2010, the meeting was well attended with a total of 368 people. People were reportedly airing views freely and there was a general balance of viewpoints. There are also reports of a white double cab that has been spotted dropping off one man believed to be a CIO at meeting points. The man does not make any contributions but sits among the crowd, reading a newspaper.

    The Coalition leadership will be approaching COAPC to appraise them on these incidents and make recommendations on how the outreach can be improved.

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