A long story came to a preliminary end in Zimbabwe’s parliament on Tuesday: A constitutional review committee submitted the new draft constitution to the house for debate. The move follows six months of internal discussions between President Mugabe’s ZANU-PF and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party. Both have been partners in a coalition government since 2008. Committee chairman Douglas Mwonzora told parliament that debate on the draft constitution would officially start on Wednesday. If parliament approves the draft, it would be put to a referendum this year. Jessie Majome, the spokesman for the review committee is confident that the draft constitution will be approved by the electorate. “This draft is a product of the same people themselves. It is unlikely that they will disown what they actually said,” she noted. “Of course some views were divergent, but it is an averaging down of all the views that came down,” Majome added. Hunting for funds If approved, the referendum is expected to be held by April. However, more than $100 million (74 million euros) are needed to carry out the exercise. While President Robert Mugabe’s government is hunting for funds, some civil society organizations have expressed reservations about the draft. “This is not a democratic and people-driven constitution”,… Read full this story
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