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Zanu PF claims rubbished

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The two MDC formations in the coalition government have refuted Zanu PF claims that United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) adviser Hassen Ibrahim had been withdrawn from the constitution-making body, Copac.

This follows claims by Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo in a ZBC interview on Wednesday that the party’s politburo had received a report that Ibrahim had been relieved of his duties.

But MDC Copac co-chairperson Edward Mkhosi and his MDC-T counterpart Douglas Mwonzora on Thursday denied the report.

“No firing has taken place and I can confirm to you that Ibrahim is still working with Copac and nothing of that sort will ever happen,” Mkhosi said.

“Those are lies from people who want to continue derailing the constitution-making process.”

Gumbo reportedly said Zanu PF was unhappy with the drafters of the constitution, claiming they had misrepresented views from Zimbabweans.

He said the Politburo received a report from the Zanu PF Copac co-chairperson, Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, who informed the meeting that the drafting process was lagging behind.

The constitution-making process has continuously been stalled by haggling among the three political parties with analysts accusing Zanu PF of deliberately seeking to derail the programme while pushing for elections to be held under the current constitution.

“The finalisation of the outstanding issues, which include the structure of a devolved government, have to be resolved in the presence of Zanu PF because it is them who are saying the drafters are not following given instructions and disapprove these issues,” Mwonzora said.

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