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draft constitution to get green light from pact parties
Farai Shoko, Mail and Guardian (SA)
January 25, 2013
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parties could endorse the draft constitution after finally coming
to an agreement on contentious issues
that stalled the process.
sticky issues in the draft
constitution following nearly four years of haggling and bickering,
Zimbabwe's three partners in the power-sharing pact are likely to
steer their parties to endorse the document at a referendum on a
date yet to be announced.
President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Deputy
Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara and Minister of Industry and Commerce
Welshman Ncube jointly announced that contentious issues in the
constitutional draft have been resolved, without divulging the finer
Rugare Gumbo said his party's politburo is expected to rubber-stamp
the final document this week, as Mugabe has agreed to its contents.
"We need to dissect the draft to ensure that most of the issues
raised during the second all-stakeholders conference are included,"
the president [Mugabe] has approved [it], we [the politburo] will
follow. It's a foregone conclusion that we will accept [what was
for both formations of the Movement for Democratic Change said the
"yes" vote for the draft constitution will now prevail.
There had been
disagreements over running mates, devolution of power, the attorney
general's office, the scope and limit of presidential powers, a
peace and reconciliation commission, a land commission and the terms
of office for parastatal chief executives.
to remove the running mates clause altogether, reportedly fearing
that its own succession battles could spill into the public arena.
Zimbabwe Electoral Support Network, which has been following
the constitution-making process for the past four years, is concerned
that taking the draft back to the parties' standing committees and
the politburo will hold up the process. The network said the parties
could propose more changes, leading to further delays.
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