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Zimbabwe Constitutional Outreach Team Members Protest in Harare Over Unpaid Wages


The Movement for Democratic Change Formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says its supporters in Mudzi and Mutoko districts, Mashonaland East province, are living in fear as ZANU-PF is ordering them to renounce MDC membership or face political violence as in 2008

Members of Zimbabwe's constitutional revision outreach teams assigned to Mashonaland Central province on Friday staged a brief demonstration outside the offices of the parliamentary select committee overseeing the process, demanding payment of back wages, VOA's Irwin Chifera reported.

Elsewhere, the Movement for Democratic Change Formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says its supporters in Mudzi and Mutoko districts, Mashonaland East province, are living in fear as ZANU-PF is ordering them to renounce MDC membership or face political violence as in 2008

The MDC alleges that the threats are being made through village leaders ahead of constitutional consultation meetings planned in the area.

In Mashonaland West, sources say tension is growing between MDC select committee team members and their ZANU-PF colleagues, whom they accuse of shooting down contributions from their members in meetings currently being held in Chegutu.

This is said to have happened in Chegutu centers such as Rutara and Sigaro Farm. The situation is said to have deteriorated so much that MDC members of outreach teams threatened a boycott today. But sources said the situation was to be reviewed in a meeting Friday evening.

Select Committee Deputy Chairwoman Gladys Gombani Dube told VOA reporter Patience Rusere that every Zimbabwean should be allowed to contribute to the outreach process even if they happen to be doing so outside their voting constituency.

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