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society to discuss contentious Amendment 18
Henry Makiwa, SW Radio Africa
September 24, 2007
the special index of articles, analysis and opinion on Constitutional
The civil society
coalition decided to hold an all stakeholders meeting on the contentious
amendment 18 in Bulawayo at the weekend.
Representatives of civil
groups met in Harare Monday morning to map out the next course of
action following the agreement between their ally, the MDC and the
ruling Zanu PF to amend a section of the constitution.
Many have criticised
the MDC decision, with the National
Constitution Assembly officially cutting ties with the opposition
party, accusing it of "selling out" and " abandoning
the principle of a people-driven constitution" .
The amendment, once turned
into law by Robert Mugabe's signature, will give Mugabe powers to
appoint a successor and boost parliamentary seats.
According to the NCA's
advocacy officer Ernest Mudzengi, discussions on Saturday will shape
out the next course of the civil society grouping in their quest
for a new constitution.
"From our consultations so far, most within the civil society
are convinced the MDC discarded the principle and spirit of 17 September
2005 when we all agreed that no longer shall we accept piecemeal
amendments short of a new, people-driven constitution.
"We believe that
the MDC 's endorsement of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution
of Zimbabwe was an act of treachery and an unfortunate one,"
He added that the "apparent
seams" within the MDC would give the civil society some "room
to function without the opposition party's continued compromise."
The NCA, which is led
by Lovemore Madhuku, played a pivotal role in the formation of the
MDC in 1999. It also partnered the MDC is mobilising Zimbabweans
to vote against a government draft constitution in a referendum
in February 2000. The MDC is also a member of the NCA.
Some of the
organizations expected to attend the weekend meeting include the
Election Support Network, Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights, Crisis
in Zimbabwe Coalition, Zimbabwe Law Society and the Zimbabwe
National Students Union.
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