Zapu gives Copac draft thumbs up

HARARE - The new draft constitution is a “better devil” than the current Lancaster House charter, Zapu vice president Emelia Mukaratirwa has said.

She told supporters in Gwanda at a recent rally meant to garner backing for the draft, that the new Constitution mirrors the views of the people.

“In my view it is but wise to vote yes in the coming referendum as we all know that the devil we know is better than the angel we do not know,” she said. “A no vote is likely to derail our efforts of addressing the bread and butter issues that are affecting us as a people of Zimbabwe.”

Zapu and MDC formations have joined hands with other civic organisations who have endorsed the draft constitution as they are all demanding that it be put to a referendum.

Zapu secretary general Ralph Mguni said the new constitution must result in the transfer of state power from the few as is the case now, to the people of Zimbabwe.

“The starting point in the process was correctly, an outreach to seek the people’s views about what essential elements they wished to see in the way that Zimbabwe is governed,” he said.

“The judgment of the draft constitution must in essence be measured against the inviolable views and submissions contained in the initial sounding of the people’s views.” Mukaratirwa said adding that as the country spent valuable time arguing about what should be included in the new constitution, certain sectors were really benefiting from that controversy as they used the time to carry out their illegal deals.

As Zapu kick started its referendum “vote yes” campaign in Gwanda at the weekend, Mukaratirwa also called on government to stop parcelling land to Chinese people. He also called for “calf loans” for cattle rearing areas such as Gwanda.

“As we are busy deliberating on the draft constitution, a lot of our raw minerals are busy being illegally channelled out of the country without what I refer to as value addition,” she said.

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