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    Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ)
    September 03, 2010

    The Co-ordinator of Zanu PF District Co-ordinating Committee in Mahusekwa, Tonderai Kwaramba and Council Secretary Jennifer Mtisi yesterday disrupted a Civic Discussion Forum organized by the Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe aimed at raising awareness on the referendum and minimum conditions for free and fair elections. Kwaramba charged at the CCDZ Programme officer Ms Tsungai Vere accusing her and CCDZ for bias in their civic education programmes. Towards the end of the discussion, Kwaramba erupted and asked participants to leave the meeting and that those who declined to leave would be "dealt with" later.

    This came amid information from the Mahusekwa police that a Superintendent Mutasa from Marondera police had informed them to notify CCDZ not to continue with the meeting. This was despite the fact that police had approved the meeting. CCDZ had in its possession the letter of approval to hold the meeting. This is the second case were police have interfered and stopped CCDZ from holding meetings. In late June police gave CCDZ clearance to hold a public meeting in Chivhu-Chikomba but a day before the meeting was scheduled to be conducted , the police said that CCDZ could not proceed citing that COPAC was already holding its public consultation meetings in the area.

    Kwaramba said that people should not attend the meeting because CCDZ was pushing a Western agenda of regime change. He told CCDZ that, "Mahusekwa is our stronghold, you can't just come and influence our people like that, we don't require such meetings here. Cde Pasirayi (CCDZ director) hatidi zvamuri kudzidzisa vanhu kuno, kuno kuMahusekwa tisu tiri kutonga".

    People who were eager to acquire information and attended the meeting got scared and decided to leave the meeting immediately. This is a clear infringement on people's rights to acquire information and freedoms of assembly and association. We call upon ZANU PF and its members to desist from violating human rights and allow Civil Society Organisations to give Zimbabweans a platform to learn more about issues of governance and democracy so that they can be in a position to make informed decisions on issues that affect their lives.

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