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Zimbabwe Civic Group Remains Opposed to Constitutional Process Despite PM Appeal

Sources said Prime Minister Tsvangirai invited NCA Chairman Madhuku to his Movement for Democratic Change party's offices for a conversation, but that the two men did not resolve their differences on the constitutional process

Zimbabwe's National Constitutional Assembly, a civic organization, said it was still opposed to the constitutional revision process led by Parliament following a discussion Wednesday between NCA Chairman Lovemore Madhuku and Prime Minister Tsvangirai of the group's position.

Sources said Mr. Tsvangirai invited Madhuku to the Harvest House offices of his Movement for Democratic Change formation, but that they did not resolve their differences. The prime minister finally asked Madhuku to be as objective as possible when the draft constitution emerges late this year.

The NCA has maintained that the constitutional overhaul should be led by an independent commission. It says that the parliamentary-led process, controlled by politicians, will inevitably produce a flawed basic document that will serve the interests of the political class rather than the Zimbabwean people.

The NCA for years has called for a "people-driven constitution, seeing this as the fundamental solution to the country's long political crisis.

NCA National Director Ernest Mudzengi told VOA Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that the two sides agreed to disagree on the process.

Mr. Tsvangirai's spokesman, James Maridadi, said he could not comment on the conversation as he had not been briefed on the meeting.