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Monthly Monitor – February 2013
Peace Project (ZPP)
May 03, 2013
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The month under
review saw the government and President Robert Mugabe proclaiming
the date for the constitutional
referendum March 16, 2013. The proclamation set the stage for
political parties in the inclusive
government to campaign for a “yes” vote. Although
the move did not see any significant movement in the number of cases
of politically motivated violence, a number of political meetings
were reportedly banned raising tensions across the country.
On the legal
front the National
Constitutional Assembly (NCA) led by Professor Lovemore Madhuku
the referendum date arguing that the date would not give enough
time for other political actors to campaign and let alone for the
public to be able to access the draft
The month under
review saw an escalation of the Zimbabwean state’s campaign
against pro-democracy and human rights organisations with a series
of office raids followed by confiscation of documents and arrests.
The death of
twelve year old Simbarashe Christpowers Maisiri in a suspected politically
motivated arson attack on 23 February in Headlands reminded Zimbabweans
that the nation still needs to be exorcised of the ghost of political
violence despite public pleas for peace and political tolerance
from political party leaders.
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