Draft constitution: Zanu-PF wants changes

2012-08-07 14:47
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (AP Photo)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (AP Photo)

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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.

Read more on:    zanu-pf  |  rugare gumbo  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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