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Zimbabwe Constitution-Making Committee Grants Access to Civic Monitors

Zimbabwe Election Support Network Director Rindai Chipfunde-Vava said the civic monitoring consortium is placing eight observers in the thematic committees though it wanted to send 17 - one one per committee

The Zimbabwe Independent Constitution Monitoring Project, a coalition of civic groups following the ongoing constitutional revision process, said the parliamentary committee in charge of revising the country's basic document has granted it permission to independently monitor the so-called thematic committee phase of the exercise now under way.

The monitoring project sought permission last week to continue monitoring the constitutional process as it did last year during the months-long public outreach phase.

Zimbabwe Election Support Network Director Rindai Chipfunde-Vava, speaking for the consortium of leading civic organizations, told VOA Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that the group is placing eight observers in thematic committees, though it would have liked to send 17 observers to cover all of the thematic panels now collating data.

Select Committee Co-Chairman Douglas Mwonzora confirmed that the project was invited to monitor the analysis of testimony collected during public outreach sessions, adding that his committee limited the observers to eight due to limited work space.