Mugabe wants peace at constitution talks

2012-10-22 14:31

Harare - Zimbabwe's president says a peaceful conference to agree upon a new constitution will help pave the way for national elections he wants in March.

President Robert Mugabe, opening the two-day constitutional meeting on Monday, urged 1 300 delegates from all political parties and civic groups "to shame our detractors" who believe Zimbabwe can't solve its problems without violence.

The previous all-stakeholders conference on constitutional reform was abandoned in 2009 after violent disruptions by Mugabe militants.

Reforms to the constitution drafted over the past three years have been plagued by delays and disputes over the reduction of powers traditionally held by Mugabe and his party since independence in 1980.

Mugabe said on Monday it was up to the delegates to itemise "imperfections" in the 150-page draft and recommend improvements reflecting the people's wishes.

  • jeremy.thewasp - 2012-10-22 14:40

    Ag what crap - this babbling twat should be in jail, him and his entire cabinet - Bunch of Criminals - just like our thieving ANC Idiots! Came into power and raped the country and it's citizens till they / we broke and destitute...

      sean.carbutt - 2012-10-22 15:26

      You don't have free and fair elections in a dictatorship. Something about africans power, they don't seem to work well together.

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-10-22 15:26

      I concur - The heading is the same as: " Jenna Jameson wants to be a virgin."

      willem.vanrensburg.562 - 2012-10-22 16:09

      The old d@@s is so predictable....

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-10-22 22:38

      Which one, Mugabe or Jenna's?

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-10-22 14:53

    And after the conference? What then? more of the some terror and intimidation?

  • phillip.joubert.56 - 2012-10-22 14:58

    You Can not trust this idioot snake he will kill his own family just to keep power and just now receive lot of wapens and ammunition from SOUTH AFRICA why / something breeding / he and his adder of J;j;jj;jj .MALEMA / do not trust the BROWN EYES!!!!!!!!!!! WAKE UP

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-10-22 15:00

    Him speak with forked tongue....

  • lunga.matsikechangu - 2012-10-22 15:04

    He is good at talking peace and best at violence against his own ppl.he is what he call, wish of the people.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-22 15:05

    please give me any success story in africa, of any African goverment who is running their country peacefully and democratically with no corruption

      john.morreira.9 - 2012-10-22 15:23

      Botswana's not too bad.That's why Mr Malema & co. are so keen to overthrow the Botswana government.

  • srametse - 2012-10-22 15:26

    Ramza@Ramzy Sammy Willow for your own information, Botswana, right next door to your country, South Africa is an unparalled success African country since its independence in 1966. Your ignorance and generalisation about the whole continent is typical of the lot of your unreformed racist.

      Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-10-22 17:57

      yip they are getting better with there ex zim white farmers so aka no hope for zim only if rob gets shot then there might be change for the better

  • heiner.freese.5 - 2012-10-22 15:45


  • bheki.moyo.39 - 2012-10-22 16:45

    If only he can practice what he is preaching at the moment without ordering the militia to intimidate people,our country would be home sweet home.

  • coontly - 2012-10-22 16:54

    Sorry don't you mean a piece of the pie and not peace.

  • mphogift.mukwevho - 2012-10-24 08:26


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