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Zimbabwe Civic Group Marches to Promote Its Views on Constitutional Reform

WOZA Coordinator Jenni Williams said the group came out with a paper on the new constitution because many Zimbabweans were afraid to express their views during a turbulent public outreach exercise

About a thousand members of the Bulawayo-based activist group Women Of Zimbabwe Arise and Men of Zimbabwe Arise marched in the nation’s second-largest city Monday to publicize their views on what should be included in the new constitution.

Activists marched to the offices of the state-run Chronicle newspaper singing and handing out copies of a document on the constitution. WOZA National Coordinator Jenni Williams was briefly detained by the police, but soon released, her organization said.

A copy of the report on the new constitution was also delivered to the Harare offices of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional Revision.

WOZA held a 15-month civic education process around the constitution last July reaching about 10,000 members between the ages of 14 and 93 years in Bulawayo, Harare and 23 rural districts in Matebeleland and Mashonaland.

Williams told VOA Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that WOZA has come out with its own document on what the new constitution should look like because many people were afraid to express their own views during a turbulent public outreach process.