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Zimbabwe Civic Group Shifts Tactics In Opposing Constitutional Revision Plan

With Zimbabwe's constitutional revision consultative process officially launched this week with hearings in Harare and other centers, the National Constitutional Assembly said it would step up its advocacy work to include education of the public on the pitfalls of the process now led by the parliament rather than by the independent commission it would prefer.

The non-governmental organization in April launched a campaign called “Take Charge” to rally opposition to the parliamentary led constitutional revision process, joined by several other leading civic organizations, including the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions.

NCA spokesman Madock Chivasa told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that Zimbabweans need to know the dangers of allowing politicians to lead the process of updating the country's basic document.

Correspondent Arthur Chigoriwa reported from the Mashonaland West capital of Chinhoyi that residents who gathered Wednesday for a consultative assembly expressed mixed feelings about the constitutional revision process as it was explained to them.

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