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  • MDC rejects imposition of Kariba Draft Constitution
    Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
    June 26, 2009

    The MDC is deeply concerned by the attempts by Zanu PF and President Robert Mugabe to impose the Kariba draft as the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

    The MDC held an extra-ordinary national executive meeting on Tuesday, 23 June 2009, and resolved to reject any attempt by Zanu PF to foist the Kariba draft, or any other draft, on the people of Zimbabwe.

    The Kariba Constitution was a compromise document drafted by three political parties and initialed on 30 September 2007 to minimize the possibility of a contested election result in 2008, in line with a SADC resolution that had given birth to the dialogue. It was an interim Constitution that was meant to be used only for the 2008 election, but on 4 December 2007, Zanu PF refused to implement the Kariba draft. Its function and intended purpose therefore died on 4 December 2007 because of Zanu PF's intransigence. Zanu PF cannot resurrect a document meant for the 2008 election which they rejected and turned down in December 2007. They must not be allowed to sneak it through the backdoor when Zimbabweans have ample time to make their own Constitution.

    Contrary to the Zanu PF position as expressed in today's issue of The Herald, Article V1 of the GPA does not make any reference to the Kariba draft, let alone making it a sacred document of higher status than the many drafts that are available nationally. Article V1 of the GPA says the Constitution-making process "must be owned and driven by the people and must be inclusive and democratic." Zanu PF must not be allowed to unilaterally renegotiate the GPA by misrepresenting facts and elevating the status of the Kariba draft.

    The MDC is a party of excellence. We believe that the people are at the epicenter of any national process. We believe in a truly people-driven Constitution-making process. We reject the attempt by Zanu PF to prejudge the people by shoving the Kariba draft down their throats. The unfettered will of the people must be allowed to prevail and in the end, we must have a Constitution of the people, for the people and by the people themselves.

    Zanu PF's fear of the people is understandable. They were rejected by the people in the election of 29 March 2008 and they now want to enforce a Constitution on the people in the absence of unfettered participation by the people themselves. We are positive that the people will once again reject the prospects of narrow political interests hijacking an important national process.

    Together to the end, marching to a new Zimbabwe.

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