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Zimbabwe's Constitutional Assembly Mobilizes Rural Folks to Reject New Draft

The National Constitutional Assembly argues that the process of writing the new constitution was not people-driven as it was led by politicians

Zimbabwe's National Constitutional Assembly, which in 2000 successfully mobilized the masses to reject a draft constitution put together by a government-appointed commission, will on Thursday take its campaign against the new draft document to rural communities in the Midlands and Mashonaland Central Provinces.

The NCA is encouraging Zimbabweans not to accept the new constitution that is being drafted arguing the whole process was not people-driven. It says its campaign has been gathering momentum across the country ahead of a national referendum expected mid 2011.

The organisation’s “Take Charge Campaign" follows a July resolution by members who say the process should not have been led by politicians. Chairman Lovemore Madhuku and other NCA leaders will address the meetings.

NCA Spokesman Madock Chivasa told VOA Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that the meetings will give people an opportunity to understand their position as to why the government-backed draft should be rejected.