Devolution Of Power Rejected – State Media

The two formations of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) have been pushing for the devolution of power to provinces to be enshrined in a new constitution but the state-controlled Herald Newspaper said a full Parliament Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) meeting on Monday successfully shot down the issue.

Instead, according to The Herald, the 25-member COPAC committee agreed to have provincial governors elected by an electoral college that includes legislators and local authority representatives from the provinces.

President Robert Mugabe has spoken out against devolution of power saying it was driven by tribal considerations likely to create divisions in Zimbabwe. But the MDCs and proponents of devolution of power argued it was necessary to address skewed economic development and marginalisation of provinces such as Matabeleland and Manicaland.

Welshman Ncube’s faction of the MDC has vowed to take the issue to the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the guarantors of the Global Political Agreement (GPA), if it is rejected.