Zim Leaders Issue Constitution Ultimatum

According to a statement issued by Media, Information and Publicity minister Webster Shamu, President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara said the position was taken at a cabinet meeting.

“The principals directed that the Minister of Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs, Advocate Eric Matinenga should work closely with both the Select Committee and the Management Committee in order to conclude the drafting process by next week so as to deliver the draft constitution to the principals,” Shamu said.

“Advocate Matinenga was directed to brief Cabinet regularly on progress in the constitution making process. Cabinet unanimously agreed with the principals.”

He said the three complained about the delay in concluding the constitution making process by both the Constitution Parliamentary Select Committee (COPAC) and the Management Committee.

Shamu added they also “expressed concern at the failure by both the Select Committee and the Management Committee to brief the principals on any challenges they may be facing in the constitution making process.”

Mugabe told the Zanu (PF) central committee last month that if the referendum on the new constitution was not held by May, he would announce a date for the new elections.