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Crackdown and referendum in Zimbabwe

Issue No. 2345

People in Zimbabwe, southern Africa, voted overwhelmingly to accept a new constitution last weekend.

Crackdowns from Robert Mugabe’s dominant Zanu PF party accompanied the voting. 

Several human rights lawyers were arrested and police raided the office of prime minister Morgan Tsvangerai. MDC party leader Tsvangerai is opposed to Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF. 

Yet all three mainstream parties campaigned for a yes vote.  

Tafadzwa Choto of the International Socialist Organisation explained why they were part of an alliance campaigning for a no vote. 

She said, “The constitution is a ‘peace charter’ for the rich that offers nothing to the poor.

“Most people voted without knowing the contents of the draft constitution. People were only given three weeks to debate it.

“We got very mixed responses as we campaigned against it. Given longer the ‘no’ campaign would have gained big time.”

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Thu 21 Mar 2013, 15:42 GMT
Issue No. 2345
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