Mugabe 'won't sign constitution'

2012-02-13 10:03

Cape Town – Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe will not sign the draft constitution into the new supreme law of the country as long as it disqualifies him from contesting the next elections, The Zimbabwe Mail reported on Monday, quoting a senior Zanu-PF official.

The Constitution Select Committee (Copac) co-chairperson Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana said there was no way Mugabe would sign into law a document which disqualified him from contesting.

"President Mugabe has already said he is contesting the next elections. As long as I am in Copac, there is no way we are going to allow a draft which is detrimental to my party [Zanu-PF] and its leader," he said.

Copac last week published the first draft which has many sections that Zanu-PF is strongly opposed to.

According to the report, Section 6.4.2 of the draft disqualifies from standing in Presidential elections, any person who has already held the office for 10 years, meaning that President Robert Mugabe cannot contest the next polls.

The powers of the President with regards to the appointment of security chiefs are diluted and the draft also allows dual citizenship under Section 3.3, another issue strongly opposed by Zanu-PF.


  • rofras - 2012-02-13 10:10

    Just push this thing on the floor and it will die.

      procold2 - 2012-02-13 10:38

      hes so old someone must just give him a fright and he will die of a heart attack

  • Vusi - 2012-02-13 10:12

    Pity America isn't interested in him at all............

      Shaun Robinson - 2012-02-13 10:40

      @Vusi - No oil buddy, no gain for the United Corrupt Of America!!!

      Francois - 2012-02-13 11:22

      Vusi, I think that this is a red mark on the name of SADEC and specifically Mbeki and Zuma. They need to stand up for their open support of self - determination (thus in Zim - the MDC must rule as that is what the people of Zim decided) and an African solution for an African problem and the fact that the AU must play a decisive role in mitigating the situation. The fact is that human rights are only an issue for the ANC when it is there EDUCATED supporters that suffer. SADEC and the AU should not wait for the USA or the EU or any foreign power to solve this problem. The problem was in the making since 2002 and none of the heads of state except maybe Khama voiced a call for change - in the mean time the people of Zim are suffering and also the people of SA, but like stated that does not bother Zuma as the people of ZIm are putting ovewhelmingly putting uneducated people of SA out of a job and the skills that we for free - who will moan at that. Fact is Zuma, Mbeki, Mantashe, Sisulu etc are all morally bankrupt even more than the Yanks. The latter at least spilled live and treasure against communism, facism and imperialism.

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-02-19 18:13

      It is a pity - atleast they *can* get things done - albeit the rule of capitalism is that no one will do it for free. How long have we all been talking about doing something...

  • Willie - 2012-02-13 10:14

    What's new

  • Bryan - 2012-02-13 10:19

    When will this evil despot just do everyone a favour and die??

  • kgomotso.radise - 2012-02-13 10:30

    Where Uncle Bob Mugabe is concern? We are suprised

  • Phumi - 2012-02-13 10:38

    Mugabe will forever be a hero in our minds and he still represents what every African leader aught to be! Oh! How I wish he can teach one showerhead the nuts and bolts of governance and that is putting your peoples interests first before white monopoly capitalists! There is nothing wrong with the constitution of Zimbabwe only those with narrow selfish interests have a problem with it. Many of them share sponsored views and policies by Britain as Pres. Micheal Sata observed! We will always question their agenda of wanting to take that country back to old Rhodesia!

      Jennifer - 2012-02-13 10:41

      Ha Ha Ha Phumi made a joke :D Good one Phumi

      Elize - 2012-02-13 10:48

      Pumi you are joking right?? If not why are you not in Zim my friend, there you can starve of hunger and have no human rights!! Sounds like a fabulous life to me!!

      Ian - 2012-02-13 10:51


      derekneilmaclachlan - 2012-02-13 10:57

      @ Phumi....Please tell me how Mugabe has actually helped the average Zimbabwean? He has done nothing more than take a once flourishing country and destroyed it. If there is truly nothing wrong in Zimbabwe, why are so many of its people desperate to get into SA in order to earn a living and escape a TYRANT.

      Warwick - 2012-02-13 10:59

      That explains why over a million Zimbabweans are living in SA and taking jobs from South Africans.

      Jeffrey - 2012-02-13 11:05

      You're clearly thinking of a different Zimbabwe to the rest of us.

      Phumi - 2012-02-13 11:28

      Zimbabwe was sabotaged by the West through sanctions and it still is being punished for doing what is right! They lied to us about targeted sanctions all to find out that they placed the whole country on the leash! Zimbabwe might be suffering now but their blood will never be in vein. Zimbabwe will be the shining example of Africas solution to Africas problems!

      Jayne - 2012-02-13 11:55

      I am sorry Phumi...... when last were you in Zim, or did you stay in the Hilton with your rose tinted glasses on? Did you not see the starving people and the run down infrastructure..... what rock are you living under??????

      Warren - 2012-02-13 11:57

      Phumi oh Phumi your spelling betrays you. Their blood will never be in vein ,no you moron, spilt all over the veld in Matabeleland, those innocent people massacred by your hero and his sponsored ZANU PF followers. You walked right into that one, you who have this almighty chip on your shoulder. Your argument is stale, what you are talking about happened over 30 years ago. Were you even born then? Mugabe and his generals/worshippers have so much blood on their hands and are so s@#t scared of the Hague that they want him to die in office, beware all shall be revealed regarding your idea of a perfect African leader. Why are you so angry? let us all live in harmony.

      Scouter - 2012-02-13 13:10

      "We will always question their agenda of wanting to take that country back to old Rhodesia!" There was considerably more freedom and goodwill in what was once 'the bread basket of Africa' - Rhodesia, than there is in the rancid begging bowl that is Zimbabwe. I somehow don't think the families of the victims of the Ndebele holocaust that Mugabe perpetrated with the 5th Brigade share your ignorant and sick sentiment either, Phumi.

      Irene - 2012-02-13 13:45

      Phuma is very confused. He also thinks Biko Lives!! See doesn't matter what you change your name to, your weird black supremacist thoughts remain the same.

      dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-02-13 14:06

      @Phumi - Are you on some form of halunicegenic medication? Bob is a madman and the only reason he doesn't want to relinquish power is because he knows full well that there is a nice comfortable cell out there with his name on it. This has nothing to do with Britain or anyone else. The simple fact is that Bob is as guilty as sin for the murders of 20000 Ndebele people who once dared to stand up and disagree with him. By the way, the Rhodesians actually don't want Zim back as there is nothing left there that would encourage them to take it back even if it was give to them.

      Kagiso - 2012-02-13 18:19

      i think phumi is mugarbage under a fake name.

      Anthony - 2012-02-13 19:45

      @Phumi, You are soo fortunate, that to insult MILLIONS of Zimbabweans, is not a criminal offence!!!!!

  • Tammy - 2012-02-13 10:50

    can't believe that thing is stil alive!

  • Jeffrey - 2012-02-13 11:06

    "Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe will not sign..." Shouldn't this read 'Zimbabwe's dictator Robert Mugabe...'?

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-13 11:20

    Pity there is no oil in Zimbabwe, the US would have kicked Bob's rear end into infinity by know if there was. Apparently the suffering of the people isn't a valid excuse for American intervention unless the Americans stand to gain out of the encounter.

      Morgan - 2012-02-14 14:57

      @ludlowdj thats very true..

  • braamc - 2012-02-13 11:32

    Can the cancer progress already

  • ben.nel2 - 2012-02-13 11:56

    He was unfortunately also found alive in his bath today

      Tammy - 2012-02-13 12:57

      LMAO - well said

      irritirritated - 2012-02-13 13:37

      I love that

  • Graham - 2012-02-13 12:33

    He is a founding member of the African dictator/mass murderer club!

  • irritirritated - 2012-02-13 13:36

    Pity he just doesn't drop down dead.

  • Ronald - 2012-02-13 13:48

    Hereby the Zim DIC-Tator admits that ZANU PF is unable to function without whatever Mugabe brings to the table. This indirectly also means that he knows that he is unable to operate in a truly democratic system.

  • Schalk - 2012-02-13 15:36

    Phumi you're an ignorant and stupid man! What has Zimbabwe done to feed its people since the white man left - NOTHING!! and if South Africa doesn't pull up its socks it'll go the same way!

  • Sasmart - 2012-02-13 15:50

    The Mogabe regime is the extension of the autocratic Westminister system incorporated by the British Empire during their annexation of Southern Africa. The system should be replaced, as a whole, to a system which suits the African environment more clearly. Before the annexation, there was a liberal, federal system in place. This should be re-introduced. The land should not be state owned, but owned by the people of the land. Mugabe should be put on trail for his misuse of power, his money be frozen and and dispersed into the growth of the country as a whole. More than 20 billion he has managed to steal. Shocking!

  • Ron - 2012-02-13 17:22

    Mugabe is not a hero - he is a racist tsotsi and a disgrace to his ancestors. When he dies his bones will be cast to the hyenas, and Zimbabwe will then rise to it's former glory!

  • Wilbert - 2012-02-13 18:30

    Only a fool believed that Mugabe, with all his dictatorial powers, would allow a democratic constitution to become law! Tsvangirai did believe - I need not say more!

  • SNYPPA - 2012-03-04 13:25

    what people dont understand is zim is the only country in Africa that is not under the control of china,the USA and europe.I was in zim during the december holidays and i have to say zim is a great country.I would be happy if the next leader did not sell zim too.

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