Draft constitution endorsed

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THE Copac Select Committee yesterday endorsed the new draft constitution and will table it before Parliament next week when it resumes sitting.

Report by Veneranda Langa

Copac co-chairperson Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana (Zanu PF) yesterday told journalists during a press conference that after the endorsment of the draft by Parliament, publicity awareness campaigns would commence before the draft is translated into indigenous languages.

“The Parliamentary Select Committee is pleased to inform the nation that we have formally adopted the new constitution draft, which brings to a successful end the drafting phase of the process,” said Mangwana.

“Once the draft has been presented to Parliament, a publicity exercise will commence and copies of the draft will be distributed in 11 local languages including braille,” he said.

Mangwana said the publicity campaign was expected to take one month, after which the principals would be expected to announce the date of the referendum.

According to the Copac co-chairman, translation and publicity is expected to cost around $500 000.

MDC-T Copac co-chairperson Douglas Mwonzora said MPs were scheduled to debate on the 52-page report as conceptually they spoke on behalf of the people. He said the report would detail the reasons and basis of how they arrived at the outcome of the draft.

Mwonzora also took a swipe on Copac critics, saying they had decided on a “No” vote even before the process began.

“We know there will be forces that would want to derail this process and want this constitution to be rejected by people.  Even before the constitution was born those people had held meetings deciding to vote against it and they remain consistent in that regard.

Unfortunately, the people of Zimbabwe are serious with the progress in their lives,” he said.

He said voting during the referendum would not require a voters roll and persons over 18 years will be eligible to vote.

MDC Copac co-chairperson Edward Mkhosi said after endorsement of the draft by Parliament, Copac would have finished its mandate and the constitution would be in the hands of the GPA principals and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

38 COMMENTS

  1. They tried all the tricks in the book to resist Devolution, but the people’s voices prevailed. They called it all sorts of names, secession, tribalism whatever just to frighten off the gullible, but in the end the Green machine’s principled voice triumphed.

    As I have said and will always, we want to create a JUST AND FAIR ZIMBABWE, where each and every citizen respects the other, feels empowered to decide whats best for himself. For that reason we shall resist with all our might ALL IMPOSITIONS, no matter how disguised they maybe.

    Disguised oppression in the name of UNITARY STATE, NATIONAL UNITY etc will be resisted. The US has always had a Federal government, how come they are the most united nation under the sun? India, with all its different religions and cultures has federal states, but it still remains united as ever since 1947?

    Who the are these Gukurahundis to tell us that little Zimbabwe will split simply because of devolution? Just because the MLF say they want a separate country, so it must mean every Zimbabwean wants to go that route? The MLF are just a tiny minority and we in Mthwakazi and indeed the rest of Zim will not be held at ransom.

    The MLF appears to have come in handy for Gukurahundi machinations. They found a very good excuse to continue with Gukurahundi Harare centralist tendencies and we will have none of that. We shall resist come what may!

    • if those who are advocating for devolution have no other outerior mortives,then lets go for it.because if not properly managed other rigions in this country will suffer,since resources are surposed to be shared across all provinces.

      • @lukenyagadza

        Your problem is that you take eveything from Gukurahundi Mugabe and his party as Gospel, that is why till this day you have failed to dislodge him from power?

        You are talking of ulterio motives, just because Mugabe said so? When will you learn to think for your self and stop being pulled by the nose by the Gukurahundis?

        Again you talk about other regions suffering, where have you seen this happening right across the world? Why not do a bit of intelligent independent research and find out for yourself rather than wait to be told? How far did you go in school?

    • Honestly i agree with you and you are making a lot of sense,iam however confused just some clarity please,so mthwakzi is a state and MLF is political organisation seeking the liberation of mthwakazi,or mthwakazi is a region,Please kindly assist me,iam sincirely confused what exactly is Mthwakazi,there are some who are callig for it to be a monarch-was it a Mkhwananz guy who said that,MLF is a party which solely excludes shonas,what is it that Mthwakazi is all about<& again in your comments you say-we want a just and fair zimbabwe-fair enough so Mthwakazi is a region in zimbabwe then?????????

      • @rudo

        Mthwakazi is Matebeleland, if you prefer the Colonial name to make you understand. Bathwakazi are the people of Matebeleland. Should the Manyika prefer it, they can also call Manicaland Samaita.

        As for this MLF and all the noise and dust from the Shona people, that is for you the Shona and your secessionsit MLF to sort out your differences, we are not part of this confusion. You can try contacting your friends in the MLF for further clarity, or better still include you in their secessionist agendas!!!

        • now i understand thanks-just a last one,so you speak for Abathwakazi of cause with the exception of MLF and the other guys-Mkhwananzi guy’s party,& oh yes iam very much shona elilamathumbu aluhlaza tshoko,am veeery proud of my roots,goodluck to the mthwakazi pple and all of you remember a divided house cannot stand-i mean you must unite all mthwakazis right now noone is gonna take u seriously

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  2. @ Mbonisi I do not understand what are you talking about? Are you for or against the new constitution? i wonder. For me the constitution is not 100% but I am buying it for it is bringing Robert’s tenure to an end although it comes with a cost of having him for the next ten years if he wins the next election but the good thing is his time is coming to end last.

    • a u saying we will then start amending it just after mugabe,if so then its oky. i just feel we need to be more careful for the sake of the next generation.

    • Please re-read what I wrote, I don’t see why you have difficulty understanding what I put across in plain and simple English.

    • Chinja 4life
      Please re-read what I wrote, I don’t see why you have difficulty understanding what I put across in plain and simple English

  3. chinja 4life, what is wrong with you? mbonisi is very clear. if you dont understand whether he supports the constitution or not then its your poor reading. in his opening sentence he says they tried to resist devolution. that on its own it means mbonisi is celebrating the inclusion of devolution in the constitution meaning that he supports it(constitution) if i look at your second sentence, you say the constitution is not 100% but you buy it. which means that you and mbonisi are on the same boat, you may be supporting the document for different reasons but the bottom line is, if given a ballot paper you will both vote Yes.
    let mbonisi celebrate the constitution in his own style, thats exactly what we have been advocating for as honest zimbabweans. i know why you didnt deduce what mbonisi was saying. you wanted him to use your party’s tired language of saying the target is to remove mugabe.if someone doesnt conform to your party’s choice of words then their ideologies are wrong. it sounds shallow mr chinja 4life.

    hammer them hard mbonisi. vazavuma. yith’ abantu, ses’khon’ ukuzolungisa okwabulawa ngamadoda angazi lutho.while honest guys like joshua nkomo,lookout masuku, tongogara and some honest zipra and zanla cadres were busy fighting oppression, the thieves were busy getting education in europe. unfortunately, they thought the white man was helping them yet they were busy being fed poison. when we liberated this country, they got the chance to run things and what did they do with the education they possessed? they ruined the country because they were taught poison. they have doctorates in corruption, womanising, killing. these blood suckers, vampires!

    • Black Cow

      You are very right – its clear some of the products from the Gukurahundi system of education leave a lot to be desired. They can not understand simple English and yet English is the language of instruction in Zimbabwe.

      That is why I am saying the editors should now ban people with below average intelligence levels from contributing here – they are wasting space and our time!

      • I think they said do not argue with a fool for they may not notice the difference so @mbonisi and @black cow I rest my case. you are just lunatics, tribalist and misguided. Uncabanga ukuthi ukumbala icomment in Ndebele will win you marks with Mbonisi stay like that. This devolution yopu are crying about is not the solution but I wish they will give it to you so that you can enjoy your dry and hunger ravaged region. I am not a tribalist but I think matebeleland needs other regions more than other regions needing it. My only advice to these Mandebele people is try to be outgoing coming to Mashonaland and enstablish yourself there because most of these shona people are all over Matebeleland and as I speak now there are plenty in South africa while you are still bickering for this devolution. To me devolution is more of being spoon fed when you should work hard for it wake up guys. At the moment to say the trunt there is no Ndebele person I can equate to Umdala wethu he was in his own league for united all of Zimbabwe, at the moment guys accept the shonas are outdoing you every where fair and square. Ndebele you need to work hard to uplift your region but if you can’t we are there your bakwenyana we can help

        • chinja 4life, i for one i’m not a tribalist. i tell you i’m a ndebele and my fiance is shona. in 2014 i will be a son in law in mashonaland. let me switch to shona
          ndakasangana nemusikana wangu asingagone kana one word rendebele ndikamudzidzisa.ndichinyora kudai,akutogona kunyaor nekutaura chindebele.

          ini wacho ndavekugona kunyora nekutaura shona. izvi zvekuti tribalism ndizvo zvirikuuraya nyika.munhu wekumatebeleland akataura chinhu zvinongonzi he is a tribalist. my fiance laughed her lungs out when she saw your comment. know what she said
          “dai chinja 4life achizviziva kuti murimunhu akaita sei anga asingambonyori izvi”

          i also rest my case.

          • @Black crow I do understand and thank you for enlightening me but that is not what makes a tribalist or not it is what this guy of yours is writing about and his tone of voice that why I encoyrage him to stand up and be counted like Umdala Wethu who united all of the country for he was a blessed man not these cowards like Mbonisi who want leadership to be spoon fed to them instead of working for it.

            I am very happy for you black crow for being my mukwasha chasara ndechekuti uwuye kumashonaland uzorima nekuti isu tinorarama nekubata gejo. As for me mgane wami I was born and bred in Mtwakazi though I am a Zezuru and a true son of the soil for I know all Matebeleland amd /mashonaland and to spice this my better half is Ndebele intombazana yako Mpofu. So my mkwenyana instead of having to learn like you did it it is both in the blood both Ndebeble and shona. kodwa I say well done and pliz tell Mbonisi to open his eyes and embrace this intergration for it does not need politics singabantu sonke whether shona or ndebele lest learn from Umdala wethu I understand he used to live in Highfields in harare and he had a house in Pelandaba in bulawayo as well he was a man if the people of zimbabwe. Big up my mukuwashaBlack Crow Ndamirira roora

        • i for one i’m not a tribalist. i tell you i’m a ndebele and my fiance is shona. in 2014 i will be a son in law in mashonaland. let me switch to shona
          ndakasangana nemusikana wangu asingagone kana one word rendebele ndikamudzidzisa.ndichinyora kudai,akutogona kunyaor nekutaura chindebele.

          ini wacho ndavekugona kunyora nekutaura shona. izvi zvekuti tribalism ndizvo zvirikuuraya nyika.munhu wekumatebeleland akataura chinhu zvinongonzi he is a tribalist. my fiance laughed her lungs out when she saw your comment. know what she said
          “dai chinja 4life achizviziva kuti murimunhu akaita sei anga asingambonyori izvi”
          chinja 4life,
          i also rest my case.

  4. Mbonisi is a tribalist period!!! To hell with your Mtwakazi. I dont know of a province, nor district, nor ward. nor village nor cell in ZIM by that name. I hope this nation will be cautious bout this animal called Devolution. Tribalists like village politicians and Mbonisi may abuse it in future.
    For now the constitution can work for a transition but we have to look into it sooner than later after independence!!!!!

    • @People Power

      Uyahlanya wena, that is why you talking about, ” ……….look into it sooner than later after independence”, what indepence are you talking about – independence from what???

      Please go back to school – some of you people are not fit to contribute anything on these pages, you are just too dull!

      THE EDITORS AND MODERATORS OF THESE COMMENTS SHOULD BAN OR DELETE ANY CONTRIBUTIONS FROM DULL PEOPLE.

      ANYONE WITH BELOW AVERAGE INTELLIGENCE SHOULD NOT COMMENT HERE.

  5. What is mbonisi here?this mbonisi is just welshman ncube. he is not even worried abt winning election. devolution is their constitution and devolution alone can never increase the size of the economy but it alone distributes it,thus further worsening our economy.this is just trying to buy votes in matebeleland only by talking devolution.cheap politicking stupid professor!

    • You are dull that is why. Devolution indeed does increase the economic cake, in that it allows for Spatial development; Special Economic Zones and empowers regions to leverage their competitive advantages – in this way, the proportion of each region/province’s contribution to national GDP increases, thus increasing the total GDP of the country; which is not always possible in a Gukurahundi centralist development paradigm, since resources generated from the provinces have always been diverted to the development of Harare and parts of Mashonaland.

      A good example are the tolls being collect by the Ministry of transport – 90% of the money generated in other provinces were allocated to Harare and its environs; leaving the delapidated road network in the other provinces in the same state, if not worse.

      People are dying on the Maswingo – Beitbridge road not because Masvingo is not raising any tolls as a province, but the money is being transfered to Harare to build Gukurahundi Mugabe’s higway to his village Mr Dull boy!!

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    • antony

      its a shame that you think devolution is about vote buying. ok lets give some few examples here.
      1.for a person who was born before 1980 to get a long birth certificate, they have to go to Harare or alternatively wait for six months so that Hararians supply the information via computer.
      2.for a farmer in matebeleland to get his own cattle brand (umtshiso), he has to go personally to harare otherwise if he uses the local registrar’s offices it takes two years to come.simply put, it is processed in harare.

      i know some people will rush to say then lets go for decentralisation,yes it sounds sweet but we know it is very easy to manipulate. right now we have our own local authorities like BCC and they make their own decisions in as far as running the city affairs is concerned. that is decentralisation. but we have this fellow called chombo who will constantly come and tell bulawayo people that they need special interest councillors. who said the bulawayo community needs such an arrangement? we have a hararian coming to tell us what to do when and how. he is manipulating decentralisation. if devolution was in the constitution, chombo wouldnt have the guts to go against it and try to detect activities in our territory.right now through his interference, he is not violating any law but if devolution was in the constitution, he would be violating the constitution and that attracts a very stiff penalty.
      i just gave these very simple examples so that people will understand what exactly devolution stands for. right now this system we are using has been copied even by the business community.if i want a loan that is above $2000, the approval is done in harare. who said a hararian knows better than the bank manager who is closer to me in matabeleland?

      ok, i challenge anyone to fully answer this question: how does devolution divide the country. again, what does a hararian who is enjoying life up there get affected by me managing my own affairs in my own territory.if we cant have someone from ivory coast coming to run our affairs here in zimbabwe then we say we cant have chombo from mashonaland west coming to matabeleland and telling us how to run our own council. we are an enlightened community that can prosper without foolish guidance from somewhere else. the sooner we respect each other, the more prosperous our nation will be.
      only that old habits die hard. some people are used to controlling everything and if you say lets share responsibilities, they see an enemy behind every bush.

  6. @mbonisi,you are the one who should be banned here. that guy only meant independence from mugabe and he is right.you have no contribution. everyday talking about gukurahundi like you are a history teacher who is afraid of getting into other difficult topics,what a shame. mthlakazi wats tht?talking abt green machine?we know mdc is red nt green you fools.welshman is a known silent extension of zanu pf,we don’t vote for such criminals who silently don’t want us to taste freedom.

    • The country got independence in 1980, that was the end of the story. We don’t entertain stupid unintelligent contributions here!

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  7. @ mbonisi wena ofindileyo kodwa kumele ubale kuhle indaba ngoba indaba ye devolution was not well addressed as you guys wanted it ngoba they are saying the party with most seats in a province will select the provincial leader who is now not called a governer but something chairman so enlighten me about this devolution you are talking about. MDC T is the one that dominates in Matebeleland and it is the one to dominate again. your Welshaman fired most of the elected people and is left with only 2 MPs and 1 Senator and a whole host of those who where appointed so do you think you can win in Matebeleland? Mgane wami khohlwa ngoba kuthiwa ipolitics zenu ngezemakhaya.

    • chinja 4life

      yah i’m definitely coming to mashonaland and will do that with great confidence. to be honest to you my big brother, my fiance taught me how to write in shona and she can now read, wrtite and talk in ndebele zvekuti at times kana ndichifamba naye vanhu vanowanzira mashona in her presence vasingazvizive kuti she is shona. we made it a point that we teach each other those two languages. thanx for your encouragement, lets keep debating on national issues. that is how we build our country.

    • The MDC was fighting for a Devolution as a governance system, to help develop the whole of Zimbabwe, not just Mthwakazi provinces. Therefore Devolution is not about MDC winning in any particular province, it is about empowering people in the provinces.

      This issue about Welshman Ncube winning or not winning is your own pre-occupation because of personality politics that dominates your political discourse in Zimbabwe. Yours is never about issue we all know this.

    • Chinja 4life
      The MDC was fighting for Devolution as a governance system, to help develop the whole of Zimbabwe, not just Mthwakazi provinces. Therefore Devolution is not about the MDC winning in any particular province, it is about empowering people in the provinces.

      This issue about Welshman Ncube winning or not winning is your own pre-occupation because of the personality politics that dominates your political discourse in Zimbabwe. Yours is never about issues we all know this.

  8. antony

    its a shame that you think devolution is about vote buying. ok lets give some few examples here.
    1.for a person who was born before 1980 to get a long birth certificate, they have to go to Harare or alternatively wait for six months so that Hararians supply the information via computer.
    2.for a farmer in matebeleland to get his own cattle brand (umtshiso), he has to go personally to harare otherwise if he uses the local registrar’s offices it takes two years to come.simply put, it is processed in harare.

    i know some people will rush to say then lets go for decentralisation,yes it sounds sweet but we know it is very easy to manipulate. right now we have our own local authorities like BCC and they make their own decisions in as far as running the city affairs is concerned. that is decentralisation. but we have this fellow called chombo who will constantly come and tell bulawayo people that they need special interest councillors. who said the bulawayo community needs such an arrangement? we have a hararian coming to tell us what to do when and how. he is manipulating decentralisation. if devolution was in the constitution, chombo wouldnt have the guts to go against it and try to detect activities in our territory.right now through his interference, he is not violating any law but if devolution was in the constitution, he would be violating the constitution and that attracts a very stiff penalty.
    i just gave these very simple examples so that people will understand what exactly devolution stands for. right now this system we are using has been copied even by the business community.if i want a loan that is above $2000, the approval is done in harare. who said a hararian knows better than the bank manager who is closer to me in matabeleland?

    ok, i challenge anyone to fully answer this question: how does devolution divide the country. again, what does a hararian who is enjoying life up there get affected by me managing my own affairs in my own territory.if we cant have someone from ivory coast coming to run our affairs here in zimbabwe then we say we cant have chombo from mashonaland west coming to matabeleland and telling us how to run our own council. we are an enlightened community that can prosper without foolish guidance from somewhere else. the sooner we respect each other, the more prosperous our nation will be.
    only that old habits die hard. some people are used to controlling everything and if you say lets share responsibilities, they see an enemy behind every bush.

  9. @mbonisi,1980,You are really an idiot like welshman and I can tell you never went to school or if you went you are now mentally retarding. you don’t even know what it means to be independent.

  10. @mbonisi devolution is not meant for Ncube’s party to be their manifesto in upcoming elections its for economic decentralisation of all provinces in Zimbabwe let alone his party is not the one with Bulawayo city council ,yu are misguided to think zimbabwe will be ruled by Ncube one day coz devolution has been incorporated into the new constitution .

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  12. @ mbonisi, why are u so full of hatred? for sure this obsession with gukurahundi is now making us believe u are one of them and u are just covering yo tracks. such radicalism eish. i 4 one m a tru ndebele but i dont habour such hatred. where did the name ‘dzviti’ come from? and why? its not like i am condoning what happened in the 80s but my friend remember also what happened when our forefathers got here from mzansi. what did they do to the Shonas. .i bet yo grandmomma or mama is a Shona girl who was captured from the shonas during our forefathers’ reign of terror. but afta that these shonas cohabited with us. violence z violence whether pepetrated by shona or ndebele.Yoz is no better. yo obsession my friend embarrases us!! .get a life!!!

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