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Civic Group Gives Thumbs Down to Zimbabwe Constitutional Outreach Process

Restoration of Human Rights said that based on its monitoring of outreach meetings around Zimbabwe the process was widely marred by political intimidation and general disorganization

The advocacy group Restoration of Human Rights is giving the constitutional outreach process a thumbs down, saying parliament’s finding are not likely reflect the true opinion of Zimbabweans as to what should be in the new constitution.

The non-governmental organization said it has been monitoring outreach meetings countrywide and concludes the process was widely marred by intimidation as well as disorganization.

The Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional Revision said it is mopping in the provinces with public comment sessions to be held in Harare and Bulawayo on September 18 and 19.

Restoration information officer Ronald Mureveriwi said ZANU-PF supporters and youth militia hijacked the process, silencing people and hand-picking individuals to express views.

Mureveriwi told VOA's Patience Rusere that intimidation was particularly widespread in rural areas.