Zimbabwe

Outrage over Zim's 1st draft constitution

2012-02-10 09:58

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Cape Town – Zimbabwe's first draft constitution has sparked outrage with legal experts equating it to an orchestrated attack on the country's moral, cultural and revolutionary pillars, Herald online reported on Friday.

Principal drafters of the new constitution have produced the much-awaited first draft of the country's new charter that is now being reviewed by the Constitution Select Committee (Copac).

According to the report legal experts queried how the drafters could come up with a whole draft in the absence of an officially publicised National Report.

The experts are said to have described the draft as an "organically-flawed" regime change document that does not reflect the views of the people.

‘‘The regime change agenda unmistakably permeates the draft constitution targeting the entire system of government, as we have known it. It's an assault on our foundational values, religious and cultural mores. It is not building on those pillars but uprooting them, and introducing retrogressive alien systems inimical to the survival of the Zimbabwean state and way of life,'' one expert charged.

This, he said, should be read in the context of US ambassador to Zimbabwe, Charles Ray's assertion that the change the West wants in Zimbabwe was "not just about changing the roof of the house, but the foundation of the whole house and to rebuild it from the ground upwards".

The draft proposal contains 18 chapters.

According to the report,  Copac co-chairperson Edward Mkhosi of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said the draft proposal was still "work in progress" until approved by Copac.

"This is a draft proposal not the final document because we are still reviewing it," he said.

The final draft was expected to be out by the end of this month.



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