Mwonzora Gives Snapshot Of New Zim Constitution

Douglas Mwonzora who represents the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai gave a snapshot of the views of the people at a civic society meeting held in Harare.

Mwonzora told the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CIZC) policy conference what Zimbabweans had expressed in outreach meetings that had so far been done in provinces such as Manicaland, Mashonaland Central and Matabeleland.

Mwonzora said people in Manicaland want two of the darkest periods in the country’s history to be commemorated. He said they want Operation Murambatsvina and Gukurahundi to be commemorated as part of the country’s national calendar.

In Mashonaland Central, Mwonzora said people had expressed their wish for a unitary state, youths of between 18 and  35 years, a peaceful country while those in Mashonaland East were said to be interested in elected provincial governors and that land be given to people who need it. They also wanted a parliamentary seat to be reserved for disabled people and an executive president who will serve for only two terms.

In Matebeleland he said people expressed their wish to have war veterans who are apolitical and the devolution of powers.

Zimbabweans expect a new democratic constitution that will replace the outdated Lancaster House Constitution which was penned in 1979 in London. President Robert Mugabe is accused of perpetually using the patched-up constitution to maintain his iron-grip rule on Zimbabwe and stifle his opponents.

However the country’s three main political parties agreed under the Global Political Agreement (GPA) Article 6 that a new constitution for the country should be written. The last attempt to write a new constitution failed after the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) campaigned for a No Vote. The group has vowed to repeat the same campaign arguing that it is not people driven.