PM seeks draft support

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will from next week (September 8) embark on a constitutional campaign in which he will urge Zimbabweans to support the draft constitution.

The PM yesterday told more than 50 civic society members at a meeting in Harare that he is set to travel around the country and inform citizens about the contents of the draft constitution.

Luke Tamborinyoka, the PM’s spokesperson said the PM met the civil society members for more than an hour and they discussed several issues including the deadlock over the draft constitution.

“The PM hinted that Sadc might intervene as there is now a deadlock.

“We will be engaging on the constitutional campaign starting next week informing people as well as seeking support for the draft constitution,” said Tamborinyoka.

MDC has endorsed the draft constitution while Zanu PF made amendments which it wants factored before the document is sent to the Second All Stakeholder’s Conference.

The PM also informed the gathering that the MDC will soon be celebrating 13 years of existence as a political party and the anniversary will be held in Bulawayo.

He also extended his invitation to the civic organisation to attend the event.

Civil leaders expressed their concern at the shrinkage of the democratic space with many of them registering displeasure at the conduct of the police towards them and disruptions of their meetings.

Some advocated that they be engaged in voter education so as to enable a free and fair election.

Women organisations told the PM they supported the draft constitution as it captures their views.

Tamborinyoka added:  “As you are aware that the MDC is in partnership with the civil society it was the opportunity to brief them on what is happening and the PM usually does with many stakeholders that partners of the MDC.”

Political differences have emerged in the draft constitution with Zanu PF re-writing the constitution and MDC sticking to the original draft that was produced by Constitution Select Committee last month.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai



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