Zanu-PF 'intensifies' Charter rejection

2012-09-07 13:58

Cape Town - Zanu-PF has intensified its rejection of the draft constitution by introducing a two-hour long programme on state owned radio to lambast not only the draft charter, but its partner in the Global Political Agreement, the Movement for Democratic Change.

The programme Power Talk was launched this week on one of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s radio stations and only Zanu-PF sympathisers are invited for discussions, according to Radio VOP.

The programme Power Talk was launched this week on one of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s radio stations and only Zanu-PF sympathisers are invited for discussions, according to Radio VOP.

This is done without giving the MDC and the Constitutional Parliamentary Committee (Copac) a chance to respond.

Zanu-PF is opposed to the Copac draft constitution which it says recognises gay rights which are alien to Zimbabwe.

The party is also claiming that the draft constitution left out the views of the people and should not be adopted.

Giving these reasons, Zanu-PF amended the draft constitution and forwarded the amendments to its partners in the inclusive government for adoption.

But the MDC has not welcomed the changes, thereby creating a deadlock.

Zanu-PF wants to revert to the old Lancaster House Constitution which gives it electoral advantage if the deadlock fails to be broken.

  • boby.mafi - 2012-09-07 16:16

    What News 24 and readers must appreciate is that it is going to be difficult to come up with a position agreeable to Zanu PF as the party is currently deeply divided over the succession issue.SADC and the MDC formations have to come down heavily on the party lest the constitutional making process degenerates into a proxy battle for antagonist factions vying for control of the former ruling and former liberation party.All this is at the expense of national recovery and healing following the ugly events of 2008 which were partly due to the same issue of succession.Amending the compromise draft which took three years of intense/meticulous negotiations is not the interest of the country and amounts to Zanu PF holding the nation responsible for (and indeed a victim of) its own in house power games.The process must be taken to its logical conclusion as prescribed by the GPA, while Zanu PF is at liberty to choose a stance in the referendum and of course disciplining its own members who did not "consult" all factions in the party while they represented it on the COPAC committee.

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-09-07 16:51

      The most incompetant, racist,corrupt,facist, evil, murderous bunch of dictators since the Nazi's and Communist party of Stalin. ANYBODY supporting ZANU-PF should go and slit their wrists right now...

      teboh.rapheal - 2012-09-09 17:17

      the aryan system of goverment is incompatible with african must be eraced and replaced with an authentic african system.a system that will be in conformity with our anteriority.puting us in historic continuity .not living in complete rupture with our past.

  • claudia.meads - 2012-09-07 16:28

    Zanu-PF - the same numbnuts now begging for money..?

      simon.sinimoni - 2012-09-07 17:38

      no that is not Zanu PF asking for money.It is the government of Zimbabwe asking for a loan (not handout).The minister doing so is actually an MDC minister in charge of national finances.Zanu pf is not the national govt,the national govt is MDC and Zanu pf.Learn to differentiate

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-09-07 19:42

      Simon Ms meads would not want the truth to get in the way of snappy comment. However Mugabe has castrated the unity Governmenmt and continues to do as he pleases, to wit the police, security forces, attorney generals office, national census, the registrar generals office etc. Mugabe carries on spending money as though Gideon Gono were still manning the printing presses, whilst corruption and patronage continue unabated. Thus when Tendai Biti ask for a loan it is in part to sustain this gross abuse of Zimbabwe and its long suffering people.

      juicecard.tshaka - 2012-09-07 23:28

      Well said simon, people must learn to differentiate between a ruling party and a government.

  • david.vanas - 2012-09-07 16:44

    Refuse them any money. They want to ensure their powerbase. Give and take.

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-08 03:42


  • - 2012-09-08 10:45

    Africa is a sad story. If this is a draft that has to be accepted or rejected by the people, why is it being rejected by a political party.

  • comrade.shefu - 2012-09-08 12:10

    Its time for Zoomer to be gentlemen enough and ask Bob and his bunch of morons to stop taking Zimbabweans for a ride.

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