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Devolution critics scaremongers


MDC leader Welshman Ncube yesterday labelled politicians campaigning against devolution as scaremongers afraid of democracy.

The Zanu PF politburo last week ruled out the provision for devolution of power in the new constitution, saying it would divide the country.

Addressing supporters at the launch of a community development project at Daisyfield Primary School in Gweru yesterday, Ncube said a new constitution without devolution would be useless.

It is unfair for someone in Harare to determine the affairs of people in Chipinge or Tsholotsho, he said. That is very undemocratic. Moreover, people spoke strongly in favour of devolution during the constitutional outreach programme.

It is better not to have that constitution than betray the wishes of the people.

At the weekend, Bulawayo governor and Zanu PF deputy spokesperson Cain Mathema said Ncube and other politicians campaigning for devolution were stupid and daft.

The MDC says it will celebrate the 26th anniversary of the death of Zipra commander and national hero Lookout Masuku today by pushing for the inclusion of devolution of power in the new constitution. MDC national spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube said his party was inspired by Masukus quest for total freedom.

As a party, just like General Masuku we prefer to be with the people than to be with the traitors, we thus will not compromise on devolution of power, said Dube.

Masuku died on April 5, 1986 at Parirenyatwa Hospital after being detained for four years alongside Zapu leader Dumiso Dabengwa, Vote Moyo and three others over allegations of plotting a coup detat against then Prime Minister Robert Mugabe.

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