Zanu (PF) Meets To Decide Draft Constitution

The state media has been on a crusade to vilify the draft constitution, which has been overwhelmingly endorsed by the two formations of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), claiming it failed to capture the views of the people.

President Mugabe’s party has in the three weeks held marathon meetings ostensibly to discuss as well as audit the draft amid swirling speculation in Harare Zanu (PF) hardliners want it rejected when brought before a national referendum tentatively set for October this year.

Rugare Gumbo said the party will come with a final decision after Wednesday’s politburo. “A decision will be announced after our politburo,” said Gumbo.

It is understood the militaristic hardliners want elections held under the present Lancaster House constitution, which is said is favourable to a Zanu (PF) victory.

The Zanu (PF) politburo has expressed objections over devolution of power, the establishment of a Constitutional Court, the deployment of defence forces outside the country  needing parliamentary approval, a national peace and reconciliation commission, the restructuring of the Attorney-General’s Office and creation of Prosecutor General, nomination of presidential running mates, among other issues.