NCA: Justice Minister Chinamasa Must Stop Insulting NGOs
By Jonga Kandemiiri
WASHINGTON DC — The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) says comments by
Zanu-PF deputy legal secretary and Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa over
Non-Governmental Organizations and their role in voter education in the
country are dangerous and could see independent groups being targeted by
overzealous party supporters.
Addressing a Zanu-PF rally in Harare Sunday, Chinamasa urged party
supporters not to allow so-called “outsiders” to conduct voter education
saying they will be politically misled.
Chinamasa said: “Most non-governmental organizations have got hidden agendas
hence the need to exercise caution.”
But NCA chairman and University of Zimbabwe lecturer, Lovemore Madhuku, said
Chinamasa’s statements are inflammatory, adding politicians should watch
what they say as the country heads towards a constitutional referendum and
crucial general polls.
The NCA is campaigning against the adoption of the current draft
constitution claiming that it was a negotiated process instead of a
President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party and the MDC formations of Prime
Minister Tsvangirai and Industry Minister Welshman Ncube have already
started urging their supporters to vote in favour of the draft constitution
in the forthcoming constitutional referendum.
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