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Parties in joint campaign

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The three main political parties representatives in Midlands Province yesterday held a joint clean-up campaign organised by the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) in Gweru.

The campaign led by the provincial Jomic leaders witnessed youths from Zanu PF, MDC-T and MDC jointly cleaning the streets while wearing their party regalia and chanting unity songs.

Zanu PF Midlands South political commissar Christopher Mabhiza, who was standing in for the partys provincial Jomic co-chair Francis Chikwira, said the exercise was meant to promote co-existence among the youths.

Having different political views does not mean we are enemies, said Mabhiza.

MDC-T Midlands South provincial chairperson Lilian Acropol said the three parties had held four joint peace meetings since last month.

MDCs Mdumo Moyo said there were plans to form a provincial Jomic football team featuring the three political parties.

Meanwhile, the two MDCs yesterday refuted Zanu PF claims that United Nations Development Programme advisor Hassen Ibrahim had been withdrawn from Copac.

This follows Zanu PF national spokesperson Rugare Gumbos claims on Wednesday that the party politburo had received a report that Ibrahim had been relieved of his duties. But Copac co-chairperson Edward Mkhosi (MDC) and his MDC-T counterpart Douglas Mwonzora denied the report.

No firing has taken place and I can confirm to you that Ibrahim is still working with Copac and nothing of that sort will ever happen, said Mkhosi.

Those are lies from people who want to continue derailing the constitution-making process.
Mwonzora concurred: The finalisation of the outstanding issues, which include the structure of a devolved government, have to be resolved in the presence of Zanu PF because it is them who are saying the drafters are not following given instructions and disapprove these issues.

Gumbo said the politburo received a report from the Zanu PF Copac co-chairperson, Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, who informed the meeting that the drafting process was lagging behind.

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