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Constitution bulletin day 18
Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
July 09, 2010
As the constitution
consultation process continues, indicators seem to be pointing to
a dictatorial type of a new constitution.
Intimidation and harassment
reports of participants are increasing by the day. Constitution
meetings in Manicaland are dogged by high level intimidation and
hesitant participation. This has been recorded in the Mutasa and
Dangamvura area where the outreach teams are currently operating
in. This low participation has been attributed to the intimidation
and prescribed responses. People are being urged to come in their
numbers and ululate and applaud whenever a ZANU PF representative
speaks, even when they are not in agreement with the contribution.
Even cameras are being used as intimidation tools with the threat
that these cameras will be used to identify all the people who were
not complying with ZANU PF orders so that they can be disciplined.
Those who are brave enough to speak are being followed up to be
assaulted after COPAC has left.
Topical issues being
preached from the ZANU PF prescriptions include that only individuals
with strong liberation struggle history will be eligible to contest
as presidential candidates, and that in the absence of the president
the army general takes over the presidential office.
However the ordinary
people want clear separation of executive powers, a limited presidential
term, an empowered parliament and a non partisanship of war veterans
as they fought for the country's independence and not for
a political party's interest.
three ZZZICOMP constitution monitors were this afternoon ruled not
guilty by the court. The three are Paul Nechishanu, Artwel Katandika
and Shingirayi Garira. Their lawyer from Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights Blessing Nyamaropa confirmed this.
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