Call to arrest constitution monitors

HARARE Co- chairpersons of the Parliament Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) are instigating the arrest of independent monitors deployed by civil society organisations.

They accuse them of seeking to derail the chaotic on-going outreach consultative exercise. Paul Munyaradzi Mangwana of Zanu (PF) and Douglas Mwonzora of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC T), the two co-chairpersons of the constitution-making process, on Sunday labelled the independent monitors drawn mainly from the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP), the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) and the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), as bogus.

In separate interviews they said police should arrest anyone claiming to be monitors of COPAC. These people from on-governmental organisations must be arrested. They are peddling lies about the process. In fact COPAC does not have monitors. Why should we be monitored? We believe they have a hidden agenda to tarnish the process, said Mangwana, adding that they had identified 480 bogus monitors.

Mwonzora said: These monitors are disseminating falsehoods about the process. ZPP, ZESN and ZLHR last week deployed 420 monitors to shadow the controversial constitution-making process. What seems to have irked the COPAC officials were reports of political violence and intimidation being circulated by the independent monitors. Three independent monitors were severely assaulted by Zanu (PF) youth. National police spokesman, Wayne Bvudzijena, said police would not hesitate to arrest people disrupting the outreach consultative exercise.

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