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Zimbabwe P.M. Tsvangirai says S.A.D.C. may intervene
Zanu-PF’s document is not an amendment to the draft constitution but
a completely re-written document that is at variance with what the
HARARE (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
reiterated on Tuesday that his party will not
agree to any negotiations on the emended draft
constitution by President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF.
even though he was yet to discuss the document
with his co-principals in the inclusive
government, his party was very unlikely to agree
to any of Zanu-PF’s proposals.
He said the original
draft constitution that was produced by the parliamentary
select committee spearheading the crafting the new
constitution (Copac), is the one that should be taken to the
document is not an amendment to the draft constitution but a
completely re-written document that is at variance with what
the people said.
take the Copac draft constitution to the people. People
should be the final arbiter, not three individuals,” he said
at his monthly press briefing.
party recently unveiled its amendments to the original draft
constitution that was produced by Copac, which represents the
three parties in the inclusive government.
The two MDCs headed
by Tsvangirai and Industry and Commerce Minister Welshman
Ncube have endorsed the Copac draft constitution, and are both
opposed to Zanu-PF’s amendments to the draft constitution.
Tsvangirai said in
the event of a deadlock on the draft constitution, the
Southern African Development Community (SADC) will have to
intervene and break the impasse.
SADC is the
guarantor of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) that brought
together Mugabe and Tsvangirai in an inclusive government in
2009 following disputed elections the previous year.
Tsvangirai said a
new constitution was central to the holding of free and fair
elections in Zimbabwe and described Zanu-PF’s amendments as a
“slap in the face”.
a later day regret by Zanu-PF which has nothing to do with
what the three parties in the inclusive government have
agreed,” he said.
In the amended
draft, Zanu-PF is opposed to dual citizenship, homosexuality,
devolution of power to the provinces, trimming of presidential
powers, replacement of the Attorney-General’s Office by a
National Prosecuting Authority and nomination of running mates
for presidential candidates as proposed in the draft
Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai’s party
says no deadlock on constitution
HARARE (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party on Monday
said as far as it is concerned President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF
party has not declared a deadlock in the constitutional
have not declared a deadlock. It’s only people talking
through the press who have said so,” MDC party spokesman
Douglas Mwonzora said.
Asked what would
happen if Mugabe’s party went on to declare a deadlock
following the rejection of its proposed amendments to the
draft constitution by the two other governing parties,
Mwonzora said his party would not speculate on the way
Mugabe’s party Rugare Gumbo said Saturday that the party would
not be diverted from the amendments it had made to the draft
constitution and hoped that the principals for the two MDC
factions would endorse its proposals.
However, the parties
have since rejected them, describing the amendments as an
insult to the people of Zimbabwe. On its part, Zanu-PF is also
saying that the amendments were made in the best interests of
Among other things,
Zanu-PF is against the proposed devolution of power to the
provinces, acceptance of dual citizenship, trimming of
presidential powers, replacement of the Attorney- General’s
Office by a National Prosecuting Authority and nomination of
running mates for presidential candidates as proposed in the
Work on the new
constitution, intended to replace the one crafted at Lancaster
House, London, in 1979 ahead of the country’s independence
from Britain in 1980, started in 2009. Initially, the new
constitution had been meant to be out in 18 months, but a
combination of party squabbles and limited funding slowed down
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