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Taking the constitutional debate to UK
in Zimbabwe Coalition
August 11, 2010
Crisis in Zimbabwe
Coalition held a consultative constitutional review meeting at the
London Metropolitan University in London, United Kingdom on 7 August
2010 to update Zimbabweans in the Diaspora on the COPAC process
and also to assess the involvement of 'diasporans' in
which was attended by 30 people (five women and 25 men) was led
in partnership with the Zimbabwe Diaspora Development Interface
(ZDDI) chaired by legal scholar, Dr. Alex Magaisa who also addressed
meeting. Crisis Coalition was represented by Arnold Chamunongwa
(Chairperson- Youth Committee), Dewa Mavhinga (Regional Information
and Advocacy Coordinator) and Pedzisai Ruhanya (Programs Manager).
Representatives of the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU),
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and ZANU PF attended the meeting
and made contributions in line with their party positions.
outlined the history of constitutional reforms in Zimbabwe from
1923 when the then Southern Rhodesia formed the Responsible Government
Amendment Number 19 which created the Inclusive Government.
His most critical point was that constitutions are born out of struggles
and that Zimbabweans at home and abroad should push to have their
views respected especially at the drafting stage of the process.
It was therefore suggested that the Diaspora should do the following:
- Engage with
Zimbabwean groups that are participating in the process to make
sure that their concerns are captured
the Zimbabwean government to ensure Diaspora Vote
- The ZANU
PF supporters suggested that the Kariba
Draft be the guiding document on the constitutional making
- Have massive
outreach programs in the UK on Constitutional reforms
- Lobby progressive
people in the Inclusive government to ensure that the Diaspora
views inform the process
- Engage the
President and Prime Minister's Offices to validate the views
of the Diaspora in the referendum
- Have a consolidated
position paper on views of the Diaspora and present it to COPAC
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