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bars NCA No Vote meeting in Chipinge
Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
March 05, 2013
Republic Police (ZRP) today ordered the NCA not to go ahead with
its NO Vote campaign meeting pencilled for Friday the 8th of March
2013 at the Chipinge Town Council Boardroom.
the order Commanding Officer for Chipinge, a one Wasara informed
NCA Officer Terrance Maoneke that the meeting could no longer take
place as initially agreed.
The Police detail,
Wasara adviced Maoneke that the meeting was illegal and that their
office was not informed on time. This is despite the fact that the
NCA applied to hold the meeting on the 1st of March 2013.
Professor Lovemore Madhuku, International
Socialist Organisation Zimbabwe Chapter leader Munyaradzi Gwisai
and members of National Taskforce were scheduled to speak at the
We are greatly
disturbed by the desperate and intimidatory actions of the police
and the state, which are a clear sign of panic as we head for the
referendum. They are using guerrilla tactics to cow the people of
Zimbabwe into voting
for their fraudulent draft constitution in the referendum.
We are worried
by the unevenness of the playing field, the barring of our meetings,
and the media blackout especially from the state media in the run-up
to this referendum.
We still contend
that a credible referendum is a precursor to a credible election.
If the referendum is not free and fair and credible, then rest assured
the election will not be credible as well.
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