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  • Constitutional Amendment 18 of 2007 - Index of articles, opinion and anaylsis

  • Tsvangirai briefs civil society on constitutional amendment deal
    Tichaona Sibanda, SW Radio Africa
    September 24, 2007

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    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.

    Both factions 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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