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Opposition, Churches Meet in Harare to Discuss Crippling Zimbabwe Issues

FILE: Zimbabwean police have been accused of disrupting peaceful gatherings like this WOZA meeting.

Opposition parties that signed the National Electoral Reform Agreement, churches, students and workers met in Harare Friday under the Zimbabwe National Agreement Platform meant to discuss issues affecting the country.

Twelve opposition parties including Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change and former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s People First outfit signed the document which is expected to put pressure on the government to implement electoral reforms ahead of the much-anticipated 2018 harmonised elections.

But People First snubbed the meeting for yet unknown reasons.

One of the conveners of the indaba, Bishop Ancelimo Magaya, said the meeting started very late after the intervention of the courts following a police move to block the gathering.

Magaya said the police also wanted them to provide the number of guests they were expecting.

“It was a very big success in that every one of the resolutions that we thought would be adopted was actually adopted,” said Bishop Magaya.

He said around a 1,000 people attended the meeting, a number the bishop said was small because the police had turned away many in the morning.

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