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    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (SA Regional Office)
    December 28, 2012

    Yesterday, the Cabinet Committee set to harmonize divergent views on the COPAC draft constitution met to deliberate on the sticky issues.

    There was little progress in resolving the problem areas. The areas of disagreement remain (1) Devolution (2) Dual Citizenship (3) Presidential powers (4) National Prosecuting Authority (5) Land Commission (6) Appointment of Governors (7) The Judiciary among other issues.

    The Cabinet committee resolved to consult the Principals on the contentious issues before scheduling another meeting. However, President Mugabe is currently on leave in the Far East and this might affect progress on the constitution making process.

    Given these political developments it is likely that Zimbabwe might go for a general election next year without any substantial democratic reforms. Consequently, there is need for civil society, regional and international actors to continuously lobby the Zimbabwean Government to implement key democratic reforms before the elections. This will help to avoid a flawed transition beaming on the horizon.

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