3 held as Zim publishes draft charter

2013-02-18 17:31

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Zimbabwe says to clear $1.86bn arrears by next April
Zimbabwe says to clear $1.86bn arrears by next April

Zimbabwe will clear arrears of $1.86bn to international creditors such as the IMF by the end of next April, the finance minister says, a major step towards unlocking new funding.

Harare - Zimbabwe began to distribute copies of a new draft constitution on Monday, a key reform ahead of elections later this year.

But a citizen's group said police had detained three activists meeting to discuss the text, which is due to be voted on next month.

"We are starting distribution today of 90 000 copies of the draft constitution in various languages as well as Braille and audio versions," said Jessie Majome, a spokesperson for the lawmakers who wrote the charter.

Police arrested three people at a meeting on the constitution process in the central town of Chegutu, according to the head of a group promoting citizen participation, the Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ).

"They were charged with organising and holding an illegal meeting and they are now being held at Kadoma police station," CCDZ director Phillip Pasirayi told AFP.

Police could not immediately confirm the arrests.

The new constitution is a key reform ahead of an election in July to end a shaky power-sharing government between veteran President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Zimbabweans will vote on the charter, which notably limits presidential terms and reduces the president's power, on 16 March.

Monday's edition of the state-owned Herald newspaper carried a pull-out copy of the draft constitution.

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