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Referendum on Revised Zimbabwe Constitution Expected Early Next Year.

  • Sithandekile Mhlanga

Deputy Co-Chairperson Gladys Dube-Gombami of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional Revision said the outreach process is expected to unfold in June-July followed by drafting in August and September

Though Zimbabwe's constitutional revision process is six months behind schedule, a referendum approving the new basic document could be held in early 2011, a senior official managing the process said Monday.

Deputy Co-Chairperson Gladys Dube-Gombami of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional Revision said the outreach process is expected to unfold in June-July followed by drafting in August and September.

A second round of stakeholders meetings are expected to be held in November-December with a national referendum on the finished document to be held early next year.

Gombami said the committee has solicited tenders for visual and audio equipment to be used in the outreach program, noting that officials of the United Nations Development Program, a lead donor funding the process, was not happy with how funds were used and will now purchase such equipment based on the committee's requirements.

Gombami told VOA Studio 7 reporter Sithandekile Mhlanga that the committee has $6 million in its coffers for the outreach phase - but an additional $2,5 million will be needed to complete it.

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