Zimbabwe constitution completed

2012-07-18 22:04

Harare - Zimbabwe has finished work on the draft of a new constitution to pave the way for new elections, Finance Minister Tendai Biti said on Wednesday, more than three years after the process started.

Biti told lawmakers that the process of writing the draft had been "tortuous" and "acrimonious", but that "at the end of the day we came up with a constitution".

"Indeed history has been written in the last few weeks," he said while presenting his mid-term budget.

A new constitution is a key condition of reforms agreed in 2008 when President Robert Mugabe was forced into a power-sharing deal with his arch-rival Morgan Tsvangirai to avoid a descent into conflict after a violent presidential election.

The document will be subject to a referendum before elections can be organised, possibly next year.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-18 22:22

    32 years to write a constitution? OK, to be fair, they had to do a lot of it by candlelight.

      tatsee - 2012-07-18 22:38

      In reply to your question,Zimbabwe had a constitution already but they want to draw up a new oneand hence this one is the new one-it certainly did not take 32 years to draft.On your candlelight part,I can only assume you are just having a lighter moment there.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-19 00:44

      Tatsee why don't you pack your bags and go home?

      eddie.serane - 2012-07-19 02:16

      Point of correction 32yrs on power not to draft a constitution go n do a research not jst commenting

      Alfjoe - 2012-07-19 04:44

      @william, who told you tatsee is in s.a, you cn access ths news 24 even in zim, so dont just assume. If i may ask? When was the south africn constitution written?

      simon.davies.12382 - 2012-07-19 12:26

      @William. News24 is also available out of South Africa. Did you think you have to go to the Sandton branch and drop a note in the "comments" box?

  • Smell - 2012-07-18 22:30

    Zim's New Constitution: If Mugabe wins an election he wins; if he loses he wins too.

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-07-18 22:34

    It should read: Zimbabwe has finished "a peace of work" on the draft of a new constitution .... with Zanu PF still clinging on, this can only end in another farce.

  • Felix Njewa Kankhukwa - 2012-07-18 22:34

    In a world of greedy politician its a question of how will it protect its citizen.

  • dsundire - 2012-07-18 22:46

    A step in the right direction

  • eddie.serane - 2012-07-19 02:17

    At last something has been done

  • eddie.serane - 2012-07-19 02:17

    At last something has been done

  • eddie.serane - 2012-07-19 02:18

    At last something has been done

  • Tshepo Mongale - 2012-07-19 04:22

    why rush things Tendai? this is your uncle Bob you are dealing with. he must be laughing his head off

      Cindy Jackman - 2012-07-19 07:22

      Hopefully his head will fall off ... Soon

      Cindy Jackman - 2012-07-19 07:24

      Violence breeds violence ... Some people know no other lifestyle.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-19 05:20

    Their constitution went through some extreme changes over the past three years. After the first year it read \everything that Bob says must be done\. That was considered too complicated, so after the second year it was simplified to \whatever Bob says goes\. They decided that a four-word constitution may have too many loop-holes for the MDC, UK and USA to exploit. So after the third year they agreed on \Bob is God\. Zimbabwe thus has the shortest recorded constitution on the planet.

  • nyagomojj - 2012-07-21 09:22

    Whatever form it is in, I feel it is better than the current constitution, and there should be no need to have a referendum- a sheer waste of the little resources that are not there. The next time we will hear them saying there is no money for elections etc etc. Better adopt this unknown new constitution and work on bettering it. I am just tired of too many excuses from my homeland. How are other countries managing it without complaints? Time for us to move on!

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