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The bid by Zanu PF to destroy and derail the constitution making process has taken a new twist with the political party making frantic efforts to discredit the draft constitution before its official release. On Friday 10 February 2012, state-owned paper and defacto Zanu PF mouth-piece, the Herald, published what they claim to be the first draft of the Zimbabwean constitution. The publication of the said draft was followed by articles trashing and discrediting the contents of the draft with the Zanu PF co- Chairperson of COPAC, Paul Mangwana stating that President Mugabe will not sign into law a constitution which could potentially end his three decade strangle-hold on power.
Zanu PF, in typical fashion, has labeled the draft constitution which they took part in drafting, 'a regime-change document targeted at Robert Mugabe,' clearly indicating the bankruptcy of ideas within Zanu PF and their desperation to deprive Zimbabweans their right to author a new constitution.
Dismissing the said draft constitution and questioning the political commitment of Zanu PF, the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition spokesperson, Mr. Thabani Nyoni said;
'We all need to appreciate that there have been individuals within the inclusive government delaying democratic consolidation. The constitutional draft, whether official or otherwise, was leaked to corrode public confidence in the constitution making process. This is a build up to a scenario where the country reverts back to the Lancaster House Constitution giving Zanu PF leverage to return to the old establishment.'
Constitutions are made for posterity and Zimbabweans have every right to author a constitution that reflects their views and aspirations. Zanu PF should allow the process to run its course and stop undue political interferance. Zimbabweans should be weary of politicians who want to hijack the constitution making process for the fear that it will bring with it reforms that will lead to their defeat in the forthcoming elections.
By Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Information Desk, Harare