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urges donors to stop funding Zim reforms
Sebastian Nyamhangambiri, ZimOnline
January 29, 2010
largest political pressure group, the National
Constitutional Assembly (NCA), on Thursday called on international
donors to stop supporting the country's constitutional reform
process, saying it was a "circus and undemocratic".
The NCA said
it would work with the Zimbabwe
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and Zimbabwe
National Students Union (ZINASU) - also opposed to the
unity government of President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan
Tsvangirai leading the constitutional reform process - to
stop the West from funding the project.
be pushing to stop this process. It is wasting our time as a country,"
NCA chairman Lovemore Madhuku - flanked by ZCTU's Lovemore
Matombo and Clever Bere, who leads a faction of ZINASU - told
journalists in Harare.
wasting the taxpayers' money in Europe and the Americans who
are funding it. For the first time Zimbabweans are going to fight
to protect Western taxpayers' money that is being thrown out
here," he added.
the money, which the West was injecting into the government-led
constitutional reform process, must be channelled to revive collapsed
social sectors such as education and health.
have lots and lots of money to throw at nothing but this country
needs hospitals, good schools and so forth," he said. "Soon
we will be engaging those people who have so much money to interfere
in the country through this way. We cannot watch this circus. They
(Harare) are siphoning money from the West. It is very naive to
keep giving them money."
The NCA leader
said government's Constitutional Parliamentary Committee (COPAC)
spearheading the constitutional reforms had demonstrated that it
had no capacity to draft a new constitution since the process was
way out of schedule.
is no constitutional reform taking place in the country at the moment.
According to its (COPAC) own plan, a complete so-called outreach
process should have ended in November last year, by next month a
second stakeholder conference, and a referendum in July. But as
we speak there is no conception of what is really happening,"
has been left to guess work. The process is now being led by ZANU
PF, with (Vice President) Joice Mujuru being the chief campaigner
of the outreach process. There will be a rejection of the draft
constitution. In the next few weeks, we are going to fight against
this in the streets. This is our country. We'll be pushing
to stop this process," he said.
same press briefing ZCTU leader Matombo said the process needed
to be run by people who are independent of the government, saying
the COPAC process had "no right formula".
is made up of representatives of the three political parties in
the country's coalition government has missed several deadlines
due to financial problems and squabbling between the coalition partners.
co-chairperson Douglas Mwonzora from Tsvangirai's party dismissed
said the NCA, ZCTU and ZINASU had no basis to criticise the government
everyone to come on board, including the civic organisations and
some came and we are moving. Nothing will stop the train; we are
not going to worry about barking which might happen to the train
which has already gathered momentum," said Mwonzora.
The NCA -
a coalition of several civic society groups and smaller opposition
political parties - and its labour and student partners have
been traditional allies of both Tsvangirai and Deputy Premier Arthur
Mutambara's MDC parties.
But a potentially
costly rift has emerged between the allies after the former opposition
MDC parties agreed with Mugabe's ZANU PF party to put Parliament
in charge of drafting a new constitution for Zimbabwe.
The NCA, ZCTU,
ZINASU and the MDC - then a single party led by Tsvangirai
- successfully mobilised Zimbabweans to reject a government-sponsored
draft constitution in 2000.
in the alliance could weaken the MDC's capacity to wring concessions
from Mugabe and ZANU PF during the writing of the new constitution.
A group of donors
- Australia, Canada, Denmark, EU-delegation, France, Germany,
Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States
- and the United Nations Development Programme are some of
the countries and organisations that are sponsoring Zimbabwe's
constitutional reform process which needs at least US$43 million
to be completed.
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