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Draft constitution: Zanu-PF wants changes

2012-08-07 14:47

Harare - The Zimbabwe president's party says it won't accept a new draft constitution without amendments to reforms seen as undermining its traditional powers.

The Herald newspaper reported on Tuesday that spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said the draft was unacceptable in its present form and "we cannot commit ourselves" to untenable clauses. The Herald is controlled by loyalists of President Robert Mugabe.

The Zanu-PF politburo, the party's top policy making body, is scheduled to meet on Wednesday to finalise objections to the draft that includes the proposed election of provincial governors from all parties.

The draft also calls for an independent prosecuting authority to replace Mugabe appointees and parliamentary controls over military and security deployment.

Mugabe has vowed to call elections next year without a rewritten constitution if no agreement is reached on the 150-page draft.

Comments
  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-07 15:00

    Here is a usefull example of the mindset of African politicians.....Government has traditional powers?????????? This attitude is more about monarchy and tribalism than it is about constitutional democracy. Beware SA, there is an influential lobby group promoting the power of traditional leaders here.

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-07 15:24

    Without control over the police, army and the judiciary, Mad Bob will not be able to rule by fear. Unless there is some form of agreement with this draft constitution, this insane dictator will continue with his bullsh@t and the people will continue to starve. Perhaps it is time for the people of Zimbabwe to take their destiny into their own hands.

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-08-07 15:30

    "undermining its traditional powers" - Undermining the dictatorial government that is currently in power?

  • comrade.shefu - 2012-08-07 17:11

    What do these Zanu (Permanently Foolish)party hotheads mean by \traditional powers\?Oh traditional dictatorship or tyranty.They forget three year for members of the parties in the Unity Government including their dunderhead representatives to draw up this 150 page draft constitution.The Zimbabwean people have suffered a lot Mr Mug-Ape.They deserve a rest.

  • comrade.shefu - 2012-08-07 17:14

    What do these Zanu (Permanently Foolish)party hotheads mean by \traditional powers\?Oh traditional dictatorship or tyranty.They forget it took three years for members of the parties in the Unity Government including their dunderhead representatives to draw up this 150 page draft constitution.The Zimbabwean people have suffered a lot Mr Mug-Ape.They deserve a rest.

  • Alfjoe - 2012-08-07 19:32

    And you find those so called profesors saying the draft is 'flawed', hw cn it be flawed when zanu pf doesent lyk it? The draft shuld be passed. To hell with bob and hs stupid followers

  • jamie.hilsdon - 2012-08-07 21:50

    Is it me or does bob seem to be growing a little hitler mustache in the photo in the article

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