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Constitutional Amendment 18 of 2007 - Index of articles, opinion and anaylsis
briefs civil society on constitutional amendment deal
Tichaona Sibanda, SW Radio Africa
September 24, 2007
the special index of articles, analysis and opinion on Constitutional
On Monday afternoon
MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai met with the leaders of civil society
in Harare, and briefed them on his party's decision to go along
with the constitutional
amendment number 18.
Party spokesman Nelson
Chamisa said he believed it was evident from the meeting that relations
between the MDC and civil society were still intact, despite reports
of a major fallout between the political allies over recent events
in Parliament. But the meeting was boycotted by the National Constitutional
Assembley, led by Lovemore Madhuku.
of the MDC were accused of going to bed with Zanu (PF) after its
legislators said they would not oppose the amended Bill which eventually
sailed through Parliament without any opposition.
Chamisa said the angry
reaction from its allies and activists understandably arose out
of the people's mistrust of the Zanu-PF dictatorship. The MDC spokesman
agreed that part of the problem was caused by the lack of progress
reports from the South African mediation talks.
'The President (Tsvangirai)
was able to allay their fears about any deal or coalition with Zanu-PF,
and from the briefing civil society fully understood our position
and strategy. It's unfortunate that we cannot at this point openly
talk about our election strategies and the way we will approach
them,' Chamisa said.
Chamisa added that Tsvangirai
told the meeting that the MDC was still committed to a people-driven
constitution which will allow for a free and fair election. The
MDC was also committed to a legitimate, and not a pre-determined
electoral outcome, according to Chamisa.
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