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Tsvangirai urges support for charter

2012-09-29 22:39

Bulawayo - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Saturday urged support for a draft charter to pave the way for new elections to succeed the country's shaky coalition government.

"There are key progressive steps being proposed in that constitution," Tsvangirai said at a rally with about 20 000 supporters to mark the 13th anniversary of his Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) party.

The draft charter - created by a committee of lawmakers from the two main parties - curtails the president's powers and reduces his tenure and provides for a human rights commission and independent prosecutor.

Mugabe support

Tsvangirai said veteran President Robert Mugabe, whose party has vowed to reject the draft if it ignores changes they propose, had indicated in private talks that the draft charter was better than the current constitution.

"If Mugabe supports it, who are you to reject it," Tsvangirai challenged those who have vowed to oppose the draft charter.

Tsvangirai formed a coalition government with Mugabe in 2009 to avoid a plunge into conflict in the aftermath of a bloody presidential run-off election in 2008.

"A coalition cannot determine the country's destiny," the prime minister said. "All the parties do is pull in opposite direction. (Mugabe's) Zanu-PF does not want it anymore. We don't want it. It's a marriage of convenience."

He urged unity in his party to ensure victory at new elections to succeed the compromise government whose tenure has been characterised by haggling over positions and counter-accusations of violence.

"Next year we will be celebrating 14 years in different circumstances with an MDC government," he said.

Comments
  • sugardick.dupree - 2012-09-30 01:12

    Morgan, just retire please. For the record,there were only 3 000 people NOT 20 000!\r\n\r\n\r\n14 YEARS, no progress and you have totally failed to outsmart Mugabe in every department. To make matters worse, your party still has faith in you?! Africa is a f*****g joke.

      chikunga - 2012-09-30 09:40

      for the record there were approx 20 000 people. your opinion really doesn't really change the facts. Mugabe must go, Zanu must go then followed by Tsvangirai and his ilk.We will get there sugardick

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-30 08:37

    Morgan, I would be very suspicious of your actions and thinking in this. You have failed miserably and made a clown of yourself by continuously making the wrong choices.

  • Spencer Muswandigere - 2012-09-30 12:54

    total failure cant contest Mugabe

  • simon.sinimoni - 2012-09-30 13:10

    I personally prefer the coalition government because it has brought stability and economic growth.Let it run for 20 more years then have the referendum and election

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-30 14:04

      You forget that mugabe LOST the last elections !!!!! It is like your ex girlfriend wants to come and live with you, and your wife, for the sake of peace !!!

      simon.sinimoni - 2012-09-30 15:09

      Well antony,I dont mind living with my exgirlfriend, this is Africa-polygamy is allowed and is better than a series of divorces then marrying different women after each divorce

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-30 16:36

      Simon, Please have a chat with my wife, and explain this to her. If you can pull this off, I will be grateful to you, forever !!!

  • simon.sinimoni - 2012-09-30 13:11

    I personally prefer the coalition government because it has brought stability and economic growth.Let it run for 20 more years then have the referendum and election

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