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300 NGOs to meet over draft

CRISIS in Zimbabwe Coalition is set to bring together 300 non-governmental organisations for a civil society convention on October 15-16 for consultations on the draft constitution ahead of the Copac-led Second All-Stakeholders’ Conference.

Report by Paidamoyo Muzulu

There would be 570 delegates from civil society at the conference, but the three political parties in the coalition government are squabbling over how many civil society delegates each party can bring to the conference.

It had been suggested that each party should bring 190 delegates, but Crisis in Zimbabwe director Macdonald Lewanika said civil society should be non-partisan and independent of political control.

“The civil society convention will decide our participation at the Copac second stakeholders’ conference depending on how we are be invited,” Lewanika said. “This convention would also be used to consolidate our areas of agreement and those issues we think should be amended in the draft to make it more democratic.”

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