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Zimbabwe Minister Dismisses Reports Constitutional Outreach Process 'Suspended'


Constitutional Affairs Minister Eric Matinenga said the committee managing the constitutional revision process has paused to attend to administrative and budget issues, but said it is untrue the process has been suspended

Zimbabwe's minister of constitutional affairs on Thursday dismissed reports that the constitutional revision outreach process intended to garner the views of a broad cross section of the public on the document had been suspended due to bickering among the governing parties and funding shortages.

The state-controlled Herald newspaper reported that feuding over the naming of rapporteurs for the outreach process had led to its suspension.

The government has set October as the deadline for completing the process before elections which some believe could be organized in 2011.

Constitutional Affairs Minister Eric Matinenga told VOA Studio 7 reporter Blessing Zulu that the committee managing the process has paused to attend to administrative and financial issues, but said it is not true that process has been suspended. He said a meeting has been set for next Tuesday to resume work.

Co-Chairman Paul Mangwana of the Parliamentary Select Committee for the Constitution, a lawmaker of the former ruling ZANU-PF party of President Robert Mugabe, told VOA he was misquoted by the Herald.

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