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    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
    July 20, 2010

    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition held two community meetings on the constitution making process at Ngoni Community Hall in Norton at Nyamhunga Shopping Centre in Kariba on the 16th and 17th of July 2010 respectively. The meetings, which are addressed by Mr. Pedzisai Ruhanya (Crisis Coalition Programs Manager, Ms. Maria Mach (Crisis Coalition Information Officer), Ms. Memory Kadau (Crisis Coalition Advocacy Officer), and Ms. Pedzisai (Combined Harare Residents Association) attracted a total of 159 people, 62 females and 97 males.

    The presentations by the panel were on the following;

    1. Definition of a constitution and the history of the constitution making process in Zimbabwe
    2. The current constitution making process and progress this far
    3. The 17 thematic areas and COAPC talking points

    Participants raised questions on;

    1. The number of times COPAC will conduct meetings in each ward
    2. Whether COPAC will allow written contributions, as there are high cases of intimidation in communities
    3. Protection of persons after they contribute during the outreach meetings
    4. Guarantees that the views put forward by the people will not be hijacked by politicians

    In Kariba, a ZANU PF youth failed to disrupt the meeting after the crowed demanded that the meeting should take place because it was cleared by the police. It was reported that members of the military are allegedly meeting church leaders demanding they tell their parishioners to adopt ZANU PF position on the content of the current constitution or risk facing unspecified action. COPAC is yet to conduct meetings in the resort town.

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