Madhuku and Ibbo Mandaza think like substitutes- Mwonzora

Harare -MDC-T Constitutional Parliamentary Committee Co-Chairperson Douglas Mwonzora has described Professor Lovemore Madhuku and Dr Ibbo Mandaza who are criticising the draft constitution as substitutes in a football match who wish to play and announced that COPAC anticipates an 80% Yes Vote for the draft at the referendum.

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“For some of you who know the game of football or have played you would agree with me that if you seat at the bench as a substitute and someone in the pitch missed a penalty you think you could have taken it better, or you could have served it better. You think you could have crossed it better. That is the thinking of substitutes and it is natural.

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This is exactly what Professor Madhuku and Dr Ibbo Mandaza are doing, they are substitutes,” MDC-T COPAC Co-Chairperson Douglas Mwonzora responded to questions raised by members of the civic society, political players and senior media practitioners who were gathered for a two day SADC round table which ended in Harare Tuesday.

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The delegates wanted to get a full appreciation of the recently finalised draft constitution.

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Professor Madhuku on Monday said he was in the process of compiling defects of the draft constitution he will take to the people so that it is rejected at the referendum.

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Dr Mandaza on the same meeting Monday also condemned the draft constitution saying it is a politically negotiated document which does not reflect views of the people.

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Unlike Professor Madhuku, Dr Mandaza however said the draft constitution will pass the referendum despite being a defective document.

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The constitution issue is hot in the country with political parties and civic society groupings debating and analysing the draft which was finalised recently.

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High on the agenda of meetings which are being held by either political parties or civic society groupings is the debate on whether to accept or reject it when the draft gets to the referendum expected end of this year.

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Mwonzora said they are anticipating at least 80% vote in favour of the draft constitution when it goes for a referendum.

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The draft constitution if funds permit, is in August going to be taken to a second all stakeholders Conference of any amendments, before it goes for a referendum.(ZimEye, Zimbabwe)

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