A group of churches has warned that Zanu-PF’s constitution draft will cause bloodshed if taken to a referendum together with the one that was drafted by a Constitutional Select Committee (Copac).

A representative of Christian Alliance, Reverend Useni Sibanda, said it feared the repeatition of the violence that occured during the June 2008 elections. “Only the Copac draft constitution should be taken to referendum because if the Zanu-PF draft also goes for referendum this will trigger serious violence around the country,” Sibanda told journalists in Bulawayo earlier this month. “We can foresee brutality against those who don’t support Zanu-PF. The party will use all means to force Zimbabweans to accept its draft.”

Sibanda added that Christian Alliance had started campaigning for a “Yes” vote for the Copac draft constitution.

Despite putting their signature to a draft constitution agreed to by all three parties in Copac, the Zanu-PF politburo has come out with its own draft to clarify what Justice Minister and Zanu-PF negotiator, Patrick Chinamasa, described as ‘grey areas.’