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Crisis Report Issue 152
in Zimbabwe Coalition
February 21, 2013
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Coalition Convenes ground breaking 'YES OR NO VOTE'
Crisis in Zimbabwe
Coalition convened a 'Yes or No vote' ground-breaking
debate on the COPAC
Draft Constitution at Cresta Jameson Hotel in Harare on Wednesday,
February 20, 2013.
On the 'Yes'
front from political parties were COPAC co-chairperson and MDC-T
Spokesperson Hon. Douglas Mwonzora, Director of Research and Policy
Coordination for MDC-N Qhubani Moyo and ZANU-PF Deputy Director
of Information and Publicity Psychology Maziwisa.
Coalition's Virginia Muwaningwa and University
of Zimbabwe Lecturer and Political Scientist Dr. Charity Manyeruke
also threw their weight behind adoption of the COPAC Draft at the
Job Sikhala, ex-Finance Minister and ex-SADC Executive Secretary
and now MKD President, Dr. Simba Makoni, Former ZINASU President
and NCA representative Clever Bere and Former Highfields MP and
Socialist Organisation (ISO) leader in Zimbabwe, Munyaradzi
Gwisai took to the tug of war from the 'No Vote' side.
Close to 500 people shrugged
off the usual end of day fatigue to gather at the evening meeting.
The no holds
barred debate was moderated by Institute for a Democratic Alternative
for Zimbabwe (IDAZIM), Programs Director and Zimbabwe
Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) chairperson Joy
Co-hosting with Mabenge
was Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Vice-Chairperson and Zimbabwe Young
Women Network for Peace Building (ZYWNP) Director Ms Grace Chirenje.
Those who canvassed for
a 'Yes Vote' said the COPAC Draft Constitution was not
a compromise document but a consensus document for all Zimbabweans
who seek to promote national cohesion and stability.
Pitted against this stance
was the logic that the Draft Constitution needed to be rejected
to pave way for a fresh process on the basis that the process and
content had not met expectations.
the debate kicked into motion, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Chairperson
Director Okay Machisa thanked the congregants and assured the discussants
that there would BE fair moderation in this and any future debates
on the Draft Constitution organized by the Coalition.
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