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Daily Media Referendum Watch - Issue 05
The Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe
March 15, 2013
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views over draft constitution
efforts by Zimbabwe’s coalition parties and the Parliamentary
Constitutional Select Committee (Copac) to mobilize Zimbabweans
for a ‘Yes
Vote’ in tomorrow’s referendum, a survey on a cross
section of the public carried in Harare by ZiFM showed divided public
opinion on the matter.
who supported the ‘Yes Vote’ initiative expressed satisfaction
with the Copac draft, saying it was good, those that remained undecided
attributed this to their ignorance of the contents of the draft
due to the little time accorded Zimbabweans to study the document.
Most of those
who expressed lack of knowledge of the contents of the draft were
ordinary members of the society.
recorded them arguing they were “not ready to vote because
the time they were given to go through the draft was too little”.
One of these said he found it “queer” that coalition
parties and Copac were telling them to ‘Vote Yes’ without
“sufficiently informing the people about the contents of the
But the national
broadcaster, ZBC, and the majority of private radio stations restricted
their coverage on the matter to the parties and civic groups’
campaign for the ‘Yes Vote’.
this campaign included calls by Prime Minister Tsvangirai for the
public to ‘Vote Yes’ while addressing party supporters
at Large City Hall in Bulawayo; and similar calls by ZANU PF national
chairman Simon Khaya Moyo and several interest groups such as women
and youth organizations
(ZBC, 14/3, 8pm, Star FM & Studio 7, 14/3).
In one such
case, Studio 7 reported Tsvangirai telling hundreds of MDC-T supporters
in Bulawayo that the new constitution “will protect citizens”
from what he called “the tyranny of the majority”, saying
minority rights “are well enshrined” in the draft.
The PM also
said the draft “will ensure the equitable distribution of
national resources to all the country’s provinces” (Studio
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