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  • Suspected ZANU PF supporters disrupt outreach meeting in Mutasa South
    Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN), Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) Independent Constitution Monitoring Project (ZZZICOMP)
    July 28, 2010

    A Constitutional outreach meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at Mutambara Central Primary School in Mutasa South Constituency in Manicaland province had to be cancelled after rowdy suspected ZANU PF supporters vehemently challenged the presence of school children at the meeting.

    The ZANU PF supporters accused the headmaster of the schoola Mr Mutasa of conniving with the MDC-T MP for Mutasa Central Honourable Trevor Saruwaka to bring the students to the meeting to counter their party's positions on the constitution.

    ZZZICOMP observers reported that, before the meeting started, a rowdy group of supporters argued that students from Mutambara Mission Secondary School, their teachers and nurses from the mission should not be afforded an opportunity to contribute because they are not originally from that constituency.

    Honourable Saruwaka who is one of the COPAC team leaders had to leave the meeting early after the strong objections from the villagers mainly ZANU PF supporters.

    "After realising that there was a group of people who were bend on disrupting the process I just left the meeting. There was no way that meeting could have gone ahead when other people were to be denied an opportunity to speak. This document is not about history but for the future of our children and all those who will come after us," said Honourable Saruwaka adding that the meeting would be re-scheduled.

    ZZZICOMP observers also noted and reported that some ZANU PF supporters in the village were also refusing students from Form 3 to Form 6 to attend the meeting. The ZANU PF youth militias present at the meeting had to use violence to disperse the students who in turn objected causing chaos as a result.

    The meeting which was scheduled to start at 0900hrs was called off around 1500hrs after all the COPAC Team Leaders and the rapportuers had left the venue.

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