Robert Mugabe's party concludes draft constitution analysis

HARARE – The Zanu-PF Politburo met in the capital at the party headquarters and concluded its analysis and amendments to the draft constitution.

The analysis and amendment process saw the Politburo meeting four times in the last two months with some of the meetings going well into the early hours of the next day.

Briefing journalists after the meeting this Thursday, the Zanu-PF Secretary for Information and Publicity, Rugare Gumbo said his party has said no to homosexuality and same sex marriages.

He said the party has also rejected dual citizenship saying only descendants of parents or grandparents of people who are Zimbabweans by birth can be considered as citizens of this country.

The position is aimed preventing the undermining of Zimbabwe’s revolution and its gains and ensuring that the same values that the liberation struggle was fought for are not eroded through the constitution.

According to sources from within, the Politburo has said no to the separation of the Attorney-General and prosecuting powers and suggested that the Attorney-General retains the power to prosecute and that he should remain a cabinet member and have a place in parliament.

The party proposed that the office of the Ombudsman, who is the public protector, should remain.

Turning to the issue of the Constitutional Court, the Politburo said it should be instituted under the Supreme Court and that it should be staffed by the same judges of the Supreme Court.

The issue of a running mate has been removed.

On succession, the Politburo says that he or she should be chosen from the party of the former President.

The proposed amendments by the Politburo have also abolished dual citizenship and a land commission.

Gumbo said the proposed amendments will now be put up for discussion by the principals in the Global Political Agreement who will map the way forward and pave way for the Second  All-Stakeholders Conference.\r\n


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