Zimbabwean PM: To impose own constitution if it wins next election

16:44, October 29, 2010      

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Zimbabwean Prime Minister and MDC- T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has said his party will impose its own supreme law should it win next year's elections, indicating the party has all but abandoned the current constitution-making process.

According to reports by The Herald on Friday, MDC-T has in recent weeks been trying to pull out of the process and is calling for the imposition of a constitution without popular participation.

On Tuesday, Tsvangirai told party supporters at Cyril Jennings Hall in Highfield, Harare that MDC-T would put in place its own constitution if it comes into power.

He said "The current Lancaster (House) constitution is not ours and this one again is not ours. We have to come up with our own document," he said.

Zimbabwe's three main political parties, Zanu-PF, MDC-T and MDC-M, in 2008 committed themselves to steering a constitution- making process that will lead to fresh elections.

Constitution Select Committee co-chairperson Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana criticized MDC-T's double standards, pointing out that constitution-making is not a partisan, but rather a national issue.

"Zimbabweans will not sell out and MDC-T has failed to smuggle in their Western interests in the people-driven constitution to reverse the gains of the land reform program," he said.

Observers said Tsvangirai's statement showed the party's lack of commitment to democratic processes and principles.

Source: Xinhua


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