Constitutional Bill sails through

HARARE - There was  jubilation in the House of Assembly yesterday following the passing of the new constitution Bill.

After Speaker Lovemore Moyo announced to the House that the Bill had been given approval by two-thirds of the legislators present in Parliament, legislators from across the political divide broke into song and dance.

One hundred and fifty-six legislators were in Parliament and voted for the adoption of the Bill.

The three chief whips Innocent Gonese for MDC, Joram Gumbo, Zanu PF and Edward Mkhosi for the smaller MDC faction led the tallying of the votes to confirm the numbers of MPs in the House who had approved the Bill.

This was confirmed by the Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma who called out a parliamentary register in the House to verify the names of the legislators.

Zanu  PF  legislators  led by Vice President Joice Mujuru  took to the dance floor singing  “Zanu  yakanaka” and  MDC  legislators led by  their secretary-general Tendai Biti  composing their own  song “Save Vakanaka”.

Save is the totem of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

During  the celebrations the Parliament was a resemblance of a political rally with Zanu PF MPs singing and showing their party sign whilst MDC legislators waved their palm sign.

The Bill will be introduced next week on Tuesday in the Senate by Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs minister Eric Matinenga, and is expected to sail through without any problems.

The Constitutional Bill is to provide for the replacement of the Constitution of Zimbabwe that came into operation in1980.

The new constitution of Zimbabwe was overwhelmingly approved by the people at the referendum held on March 16, 2013.

The Bill will be sent to President Robert Mugabe for his assent, and will become law leading to the holding of harmonised elections this year.

Yesterday, the parliamentary visitors’ gallery was full to its capacity with diplomats in attendance in anticipation of the passage of the Bill.

Douglas Mwonzora MDC MP was delighted with the outcome.

“We have made history and we have confirmed what the people of Zimbabwe had spoken in the referendum.

“The future of the country looks bright and we have to start implementing the constitution after it has been signed by Mugabe”said Mwonzora.

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