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Constitutional Revision Outreach Teams Back to Work in Zimbabwe's Manicaland Province

  • Loirdham Moyo

the National Association of Non-governmental Organizations said the outreach process was seeing fewer logistical problems and better turnout by Zimbabweans though political intimidation and scripted testimonies continued

Constitutional revision outreach team members in Manicaland province, Zimbabwe, returned to work on Friday ending a two-day boycott sparked by the arrest of a rapporteur form the Movement for Democratic Change, this following the withdrawal of charges sought by a senator of President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party.

VOA Studio 7 correspondent Loirdham Moyo reported that the two outreach chairman for the province intervened to persuade Senator Oriah Kabayanjiri to withdraw his complaint against rapporteur Kudakwashe Munengiwa alleging that the rapporteur committed an act of public indecency in the course of an argument.

Elsewhere, the National Association of Non-governmental Organizations said the outreach process was seeing fewer logistical problems and better turnout by ordinary Zimbabweans. NANGO Chief Executive Officer Cephas Zinhumwe said better distribution of funds from international donors has reduced the number of canceled meetings.

But Zinhumwe said Matebeleland North and South continue to see poor turnout compared with other parts of the country, and intimidation and scripted comments continue to detract from meetings in some areas.

In the diaspora, Zimbabweans in Britain were set to meet on Saturday to discuss the new constitution.

The Zimbabwe Diaspora Development Interface, a collection of Zimbabwean advocacy groups in the united Kingdom, organized the gathering which will set the stage for a conference involving outreach officials from Harare.

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