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Zimbabwe Constitutional Affairs Minister says Public Outreach Process on Track

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

Deputy Chairperson Gladys Gombani Dube of the parliamentary select committee in charge of constitutional revision said residents of Gwanda, Matabeleland South, are expressing their views freely despite the presence of state security agents

Zimbabwean Constitutional Affairs Minister Eric Matinenga said the constitutional revision public outreach program is on course with at least 20 percent of planned meetings completed so far around the country.

He said the process is going so well that it may conclude on schedule in September.

Matinenga told VOA Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that the government is committed to seeing the process through to a successful conclusion despite organizational, logistical and technical challenges faced in the early stages.

Reports continued to filter out of the provinces of various forms of political intimidation, however.

In Zhombe, Midlands province, an army major was said to have threatened a former soldier for mobilizing supporters of the former opposition Movement for Democratic Change to participate in outreach meetings.

The MDC formation of Prime Minister Tsvangirai said a certain Major Mpofu threatened to court-martial Tungamirai Hove if he continued to encourage MDC supporters to state their views on the constitution at outreach meetings.

Deputy Chairperson Gladys Gombani Dube of the parliamentary select committee in charge of constitutional revision said the process has been going well in the Matebeleland South capital of Gwanda where local residents have grown accustomed to the presence of state security agents at outreach meetings.

Dube told VOA Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that people were expressing their views without fear.

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