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Zimbabwe Constitution Committee Says Over $8 million Needed for Extended Prorgam

Correspondent Thomas Chiripasi reported from Harare that the Constitutional Parliamentary Committee, or Copac, Wednesday launched a U.S$8 million appeal for the completion of the public consultations for the ongoing constitution revision exercise.

This follows refusal this week by main financier, the United Nations Development Program to release any additional funding.

Sources in Mashonaland West said Zanu PF supporters Wednesday disrupted a constitution-making outreach meeting at Chedonje Primary School in Kadoma after they accused the Copac teams of visiting the area without giving prior notice.

The sources said the Zanu PF supporters threatened Copac teams with violence and accused one of the team leaders, Zanu PF member of parliament for Zvimba East Walter Chidhakwa of selling out.

Another meeting at Ingezi Primary School was stopped after a man who volunteered to offer the opening prayer took the opportunity to attack his opponents.

One of the Copac team leaders Editor Matamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai told Studio 7 that it was unfortunate Zanu PF activists decided to disrupt the meetings.

Meanwhile Constituional Affairs lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, Greg Lenington said the confusion in the constitution revision process will adversely affect the holding of free and fair elections.

Elsewhere, outreach teams in Matabeleland South are expected to hold consultations in Bulilima district next week, but member of parliament for the constituency Moses Mzila Ndlovu told reporter Brenda Moyo that Copac is not doing enough to notify villagers about the venues.