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Zimbabwe clears way for new charter

2012-05-15 14:35

Harare - Zimbabwe's two main political parties have ironed out issues stalling the crafting a new constitution that would pave the way for fresh polls, officials said on Tuesday.

"We are now at the final, last lap of the drafting process," Jessie Majome, a lawmaker from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party who sits on the constitutional committee, told AFP.

Paul Mangwana, co-chair of the committee, told state media that his committee had agreed on most of the controversial issues that had delayed the completion of the draft charter.

"We have struck common ground on most of the issues that include the issue of having two vice presidents and the issue of dual citizenship," Mangwana told The Herald newspaper.

The main political parties have been haggling over issues including the devolution of power, dual citizenship and gay rights.

But Mangwana was categoric that "there will be no devolution of power as some people were advocating".

Majome expected a conference to review the draft to take place in the coming months. "So in one month or two we must be done," she said.

Completing the draft would mark a crucial milestone toward elections to replace a shaky unity government between President Robert Mugabe and, formed three years ago in to avoid a full-fledged conflict in the wake of a bloody presidential run-off election.

Once the document is out, it will be translated into major local languages before being taken to a public conference for discussion.

Parliament would then debate it before it is put to a referendum. If approved, elections would be organised soon after.

Mugabe has vowed that elections will be held this year with or without the new constitution while Tsvangirai insists on reforms agreed to under the power-sharing deal, before new elections are held.

Comments
  • Adrian Jack - 2012-05-15 14:53

    when is mugabe gonna kick the bucket?

      Steven - 2012-05-15 15:10

      When Satan decides he's ruled hell for long enough. The devil sold his soul to Mugabe ages ago, in return he gets to rule hell for a little longer. When Mugabe decides his(Satan) time is up, he'll claim it(hell) as his sovereign right and rule, rightfully till Kingdom come.

      Peter - 2012-05-15 16:19

      Out of curiosity, when are you kicking the bucket yourself?

      danny.kangausaru - 2012-05-15 16:38

      you wil die first Mr Man, long live my president mugabe.

  • sh.fish1 - 2012-05-15 15:28

    !!!!!!

  • Gavin - 2012-05-15 15:57

    cough cough - bull shirt. mugarbage will never allow for anything that isn't pro him and doesn't allow his army of darkness to feed on the soul of Zimbabwe.

  • danny.kangausaru - 2012-05-15 16:48

    WHY DO YOU PEOPLE TALK OF MY AFRICA AS IF IT IS YOUR AMERICA, WE ARE AFRICANS AND WE WILL RUN AFRICA AS WE PLEASE. WE ARE NOT THE POLICY MAKERS OF THE EUROPEAN NATIONAL BUT THAT OF AFRICAN NATIONAL.

      Thami - 2012-05-15 17:04

      Indeed.Well said.

      Mark - 2012-05-15 17:40

      All for Africans ruling their countries, as part of the neighbourhood of nations. However when the cr*p hits the fan, and the people are starving, or butchering each other, ..Please....don't call Europe or America for help....ask your friends in China, and see where that will get you....a lot of talk and good wishes.....and about little else. In case you haven't noticed, the world is beating a path to Europe and America, don't see the world trying to come to Africa....ever wonder why???

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-15 17:55

      Danny, Who is "we" ??? Certainly not the MILLIONS of Zimbabweans, who were forced to leave their country to stay ALIVE !! Certainly not, the TENS OF THOUSANDS of mothers , who left their own kids in care of relatives, than crawled under barbed wire, to get into SA, than got refugee status, to earn some money , so that their loved ones could stay ALIVE. You insult your brothers and sisters... You are an enemy of Africa. That mugabe is not the hero of Africa-----He is the ROT of Africa!!!!!

      Nokuthula - 2012-05-16 09:07

      U the hole in the ass

  • Steven - 2012-05-15 17:08

    MUGABE 1960s-1988 = great leader. After that, well everyone knows. Hate him, love him, he's done many great things and many bad things. Ball is your court to decide which outweighs which and what you'll remember him for when he's gone

  • fretam - 2012-05-15 22:18

    positive move

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