Police bar NCA ‘no vote’ meeting

March 8, 2013 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

By Alex Bell

Police in Chipinge have banned a meeting organised by the National
Constitutional Assembly (NCA), which is rolling out its ‘no vote’ campaign
ahead of the referendum.

The police on Tuesday told the NCA they could not go ahead with its meeting,
which was set for Friday the 8th of March at the Chipinge Town Council
Boardroom. The police said the meeting was “illegal”.

The Commanding Officer for Chipinge contacted NCA Officer Terrance Maoneke
and said that the meeting could no longer take place as initially agreed,
because the police were not informed on time.

Blessing Vava, the NCA spokesperson, told SW Radio Africa on Tuesday that
they had informed the police last week of their plans to hold the meeting.
He said they believe the move to bar the meeting is an attempt at
“intimidation.”

“We feel this was an attempt to derail our ‘no vote’ campaign. We are
greatly disturbed by this intimidatory tactic of the police and the state,
which is a clear sign of panic as we head for the referendum. They are using
guerrilla tactics to cow the people of Zimbabwe into voting for their
fraudulent draft constitution in the referendum,” Vava said.

Vava added: “We still contend that a credible referendum is a precursor to a
credible election. If the referendum is not free and fair and credible, then
rest assured the election will not be credible as well.”

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