Zanu PF politburo member and Copac co-chairperson Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana yesterday described fellow party politburo member Jonathan Moyo, party Copac technical advisor Godwills Masimirembwa and constitutional law expert Lovemore Madhuku as “angels of the devil” following the trio’s recent attack on the draft governance charter.
Addressing journalists after presenting the draft constitution to Speaker of the House of Assembly Lovemore Moyo and Senate President Edna Madzongwe, Mangwana chastised the three for their alleged unfair criticism of the document.
“They have always been angels of the devil and for any journalist to call (Jonathan) Moyo an expert in constitution-making processes is not true, and as for Masimirembwa, he was actually blacklisted as a lawyer and has no right to pretend to be a lawyer,” Mangwana said.
“Masimirembwa is highly treacherous because he participated as my technical advisor in Copac and I did not expect him to be a turncoat.”
In an interview after presenting the draft to Parliament, Copac co-chairperson Douglas Mwonzora (MDC-T) said the document had been subjected to a lot of criticism because it had taken away certain privileges enjoyed by Zanu PF officials.
“There are a lot of positive highlights in this new constitution and the Minister of Local Government, Urban and Rural Development can no longer fire councillors and mayors under Chapter 14 of the draft.
“Harare and Bulawayo are also not going to have provincial governors, but are going to have executive mayors,” Mwonzora said, adding posts for provincial governors for Harare and Bulawayo would be scrapped.
He said other positive changes in the new draft included allowing people considered as aliens to vote or be voted for.
“On citizenship, the new draft allows the so-called aliens, that is, people born in Zimbabwe by Malawian, Mozambican and Zambian parents, to be regarded as citizens by birth with full rights including the right to vote and be voted for. It automatically allows dual citizenship for Zimbabweans by birth, while leaving the rights to dual citizenship by descent and registration to an Act of Parliament,” Mwonzora said.