ZANU PF Foisting Kariba Draft on People: MDC

HARARE, – The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on Tuesday resolved to reject any attempts to have the “Kariba draft”, adopted as the roadmap of the Constitution-making process.\r\n

"The MDC believes in a truly people-driven Constitution-making process where the unfettered will of the people must be reflected," said the party in statement released after its national executive council meeting.

The party said Zanu PF was trying to mislead the nation by trying to foist the Kariba draft on the people as a compass in the current Constitution-making process.

The party resolved that the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) should expeditiously deal with the deadlocked outstanding issues of RBZ governor Gideon Gono and Attorney-General Johannes Tomana.

It also noted the need for the inclusive government to urgently deal with the appointment and swearing-in of provincial governors, ambassadors and the deputy Agriculture minister Senator Roy Bennett as agreed by the Principals of the three parties in the Global Political Agreement as well as public media reform and the facilitation of media freedom in general.

"The MDC is alarmed by the public media’s continued agenda of undermining and belittling the Office of the Prime Minister at a time when he is busy with the national duty of re-engaging the international community to undo the country’s pariah status," said the MDC.

The MDC intends to refer continued arrests, detentions and human rights violations to the guarantors of the GPZ.

The party acknowledged that Senator Kombayi is a people’s hero and that his national contribution be recognised. The MDC indicated that it would give Kombayi a hero’s send-off on Saturday, 27 June 2009 in Gweru.