No more negotiations, says Tsvangirai

2012-09-10 14:02

Cape Town - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has launched a "Vote Yes" campaign for the country's draft constitution in a referendum, declaring he won't be drawn into further negotiations on the charter as demanded by President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.

According to a Dailynews report, Tsvangirai said he was ready to tell Mugabe that the negotiation phase was over.

"On Monday, when I meet with President Mugabe, I will say uku takatopfuura nako handeyi mberi [I will tell Mugabe that we are past the negotiating phase. Let's go forward].

What is left is for the Speaker of Parliament to announce the dates for a Second All-Stakeholders Conference," said Tsvangirai, who was addressing his MDC structures at the Harare Showgrounds.

But according to other reports, Zanu-PF dismissed as "scandalous" and "futile" Tsvangirai’s launch of a "vote yes" campaign, insisting the document cannot be put to a referendum without the endorsement of all the three GPA parties.

Zanu-PF has rejected the draft constitution and has brought new proposals which it says should be dealt with by the three Global Political Agreement (GPA) principals, namely; Tsvangirai, Mugabe and MDC faction leader, Welshman Ncube. quoted Zanu-PF officials as saying the MDC campaign was “futile as long as there was no agreement between the GPA parties”.

Legal mandate

Said Zanu-PF politburo member, Jonathan Moyo: "In the first place, this just shows that these guys have taken time-wasting to new heights because you cannot call on Zimbabweans to say ‘yes’ to nothing.

"The only draft that can be taken to a referendum should be agreed upon by the three parties to the GPA. Anything else is nothing and for Tsvangirai to say 'yes' to nothing is scandalous."

Zanu-PF spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo, said: "The MDC-T has an agenda to disrupt the constitution-making process.

"They are fully aware that they cannot go it alone and hold a referendum. Only the president has the legal mandate to call for a referendum. Theirs is a futile exercise and it will plunge them into the deep."

A new constitution is widely regarded as key to the Zimbabwe's future political stability.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-09-10 14:18

    Jonathan Moyo: 'In the first place, this just shows that these guys have taken time-wasting to new heights because you cannot call on Zimbabweans to say 'yes' to nothing. Hahahahaha. These Zanu guys have the best 'one liners'

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-09-10 14:50

    How could South Africa have sold weapons to Zimbabwe, when they have... ...NO MONEY....more like Zuma GAVE his buddy the guns as a gift..... Africans have such a odd way...they REWARD people that would normally be shun in the rest of the world....STRANGE.

      lynette.mufaro - 2012-09-10 16:29

      May I suggest you make this comment in the article that deals with the SA-Zim loan!

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-10 15:08

    Morgan is full of S**t. How much is his planned wedding going to cost him and where did he get the money from? He will say it comes from "well wishers" but it really came from the same trough as his Zanu mates. Go away Morgan and take uncle Bob with you. You are the weakest link.

      lynette.mufaro - 2012-09-10 16:27

      Larry-What the heck has Tsvangirai's wedding got to do with this article???Have you got nothing relevant to comment about this story?I suggest u hire auditors to audit Tsvangirai's finances before you show your stupidity on this forum.

  • coursieres - 2012-09-10 17:10

    ZANU-PF are the time wasters. The new constitution was already agreed on, then Mugabe and his comrades back tracked and wanted to make further changes. How much longer are the people of Zimbabwe going to let ZANU-PF hold the country's re-birth back?

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