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  • Crisis Report Issue 152
    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
    February 21, 2013

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    Crisis Coalition Convenes ground breaking 'YES OR NO VOTE' Constitutional Debate

    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition convened a 'Yes or No vote' ground-breaking debate on the COPAC Draft Constitution at Cresta Jameson Hotel in Harare on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

    On the 'Yes' front from political parties were COPAC co-chairperson and MDC-T Spokesperson Hon. Douglas Mwonzora, Director of Research and Policy Coordination for MDC-N Qhubani Moyo and ZANU-PF Deputy Director of Information and Publicity Psychology Maziwisa.

    Women's Coalition's Virginia Muwaningwa and University of Zimbabwe Lecturer and Political Scientist Dr. Charity Manyeruke also threw their weight behind adoption of the COPAC Draft at the referendum.

    MDC-99 President Job Sikhala, ex-Finance Minister and ex-SADC Executive Secretary and now MKD President, Dr. Simba Makoni, Former ZINASU President and NCA representative Clever Bere and Former Highfields MP and International Socialist Organisation (ISO) leader in Zimbabwe, Munyaradzi Gwisai took to the tug of war from the 'No Vote' side.

    Close to 500 people shrugged off the usual end of day fatigue to gather at the evening meeting.

    The no holds barred debate was moderated by Institute for a Democratic Alternative for Zimbabwe (IDAZIM), Programs Director and Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) chairperson Joy Mabenge.

    Co-hosting with Mabenge was Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Vice-Chairperson and Zimbabwe Young Women Network for Peace Building (ZYWNP) Director Ms Grace Chirenje.

    Those who canvassed for a 'Yes Vote' said the COPAC Draft Constitution was not a compromise document but a consensus document for all Zimbabweans who seek to promote national cohesion and stability.

    Pitted against this stance was the logic that the Draft Constitution needed to be rejected to pave way for a fresh process on the basis that the process and content had not met expectations.

    Speaking before the debate kicked into motion, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Chairperson and ZIMRIGHTS Director Okay Machisa thanked the congregants and assured the discussants that there would BE fair moderation in this and any future debates on the Draft Constitution organized by the Coalition.

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