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Zimbabwe's WOZA Sets Tight Conditions For Giving Draft Constitution Thumps Up

Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) says it has been mandated by its members to begin a ‘vote yes’ campaign if their views are contained in the country’s draft constitution.

This follows the completion of a members’ consultation exercise in Bulawayo, Harare and Matabeleland North and South on the political developments in the country and adoption of a new supreme law of the land.

In a statement, WOZA said over 14 000 people, with 447 of them being men out of a national membership of 85 000, participated in the exercise.

"The activity was conducted to keep members briefed on the situation that prevails and also to consult members on what position the organisation should adopt around the constitutional and political scenarios that could play out," read part of the statement.

Woza said members expressed concern over the continued political squabbling affecting progress saying the constitutional reform process "is far too dependent on political negotiation and not enough of the politicians listening to the views of their political party members and ordinary citizens".

The organization said its members were also unhappy with the manner in which the Zimbabwe Republic Police continues to disrupt peaceful protests thereby helping politicians to sideline citizen voices.

They called for the intervention of the Southern African Development Community and the United Nations. "The ZRP are operating on a political agenda and must be held accountable."

WOZA coordinator Jenni Williams told Studio 7 they are disappointed by the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee’s failure to deal with their complaints.

Williams said its members were also gravely concerned about the continued deployment of militia and war veterans in communities.