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made on contentious issues in the draft Constitution
Institute for Leadership Development
January 09, 2013
A Special Cabinet
Committee, created to deliberate matters stalling the finalization
of the constitution-making
process has resolved all issues except for the issue of the
Running Mates. Honorable Douglas T Mwonzora revealed this during
a telephone interview with WILD on Tuesday.
The small special committee
comprises of Hon. Douglas T. Mwonzora, Hon. Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana
and Mrs Angela Tofa Mahlamvana. "A small special committee
was set up to resolve the outstanding issues of Devolution of Power,
National Prosecuting Authority, Executive Authority, Peace and Reconciliation
Commission, Land Commission, Presidential Power to Declare War and
"These were the
outstanding issues as of December 27, 2012. We were however unable
to resolve that of the running mate." He said.
He said that
there was a possibility that the Draft
Constitution could be adopted as the new Constitution of Zimbabwe.
He added that the full Cabinet Committee tasked to iron out the
contentious issues around the Draft Constitution is expected to
meet this week. Thirty issues were raised during the Second All
Stakeholders' Conference in October last year and a seven-member
Cabinet Committee was formed to look at the issues, consult and
bring them to finality.
The Seven-Member Committee
includes Cde Patrick Chinamasa and Cde Munyaradzi, Hon. Paul Mangwana
(Zanu-PF), Hon. Tendai Biti and Hon. Douglas Mwonzora (MDC-T), Hon.
Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga and Hon. Edward Mkhosi from MDC.
It is chaired by Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Minister
Hon. Eric Matinenga.
However, four months
down the line, the committee is still battling with the matters
and is yet to have common ground.
If the constitution is
finalized women will be for the first time in Zimbabwe, have significant
recognition in public participation. With the coming elections,
WILD hopes that the constitution- making process is peacefully and
amicably brought to its finality. As is the case in all political
disputes, women are left as spectators with little or no contribution
in bringing about solutions. The outstanding issues above have so
little to do with survival of the general suffering population and
economic development of Zimbabwe and are mere power struggles of
the "big brothers."
WILD makes a plea for
an immediate resolution to the Draft Constitution impasse. A conducive
context for a successful electoral process should be set. Various
stakeholders should establish an environment in which it is possible
to prepare for and conduct genuine elections that reflect the free
expression of the will of the women voters too.
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