BREAKING: Mugabe signs constitution

President Robert Mugabe signed the Zimbabwe Constitutional Bill into law at State House this afternoon.

Report by Tapiwa Zivira, Online Reporter

The new document- approved by over 90 percent of Zimbabweans in a referendum held in March- replaces the 1980 Lancaster House Constitution that came out of negotiations at the country’s independence from Britain.

President Mugabe appends his signature to the new constitution while senior government officials look on. Picture by Stanley Kwenda

President Mugabe appends his signature to the new constitution while senior government officials look on. Picture by Stanley Kwenda

The ceremony was attended by top government officials, diplomats, and representatives of non-governmental organisations.

Mugabe’s unity government partners, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Vice President Joice Mujuru, and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara were among those in attendance.

The formulation of a new constitution is part of the Global Political Agreement, a power sharing deal signed by the main political parties in 2008

The signing of the new constitution marks a major milestone towards the harmonised elections expected this year.

More details to follow in tomorrow’s edition of Newsday

98 Responses to BREAKING: Mugabe signs constitution

  1. Mutirowafanza May 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    He had no alternative.

    • Tjingababili May 23, 2013 at 12:42 am #

      A good constitution, in the hands of savages, is useless!The culture of constitutionalism does not exist in Zimbabwe!

    • MORGAN IS MORE May 23, 2013 at 12:30 pm #


  2. TMaN May 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    From here what’s next ?

    • Phunyukabemphethe May 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

      Gukurahundism is next!

  3. blowhole May 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    we now count 30days for a massive voter registration which makes it impossible for election to be held by the 29 of june considering the 14 days + for the proclamation date.

  4. Simweena Bantu May 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Now that His Excellency has signed the new constitution, he should announce the date for elections. We are sick and tired of Morgay masquerading as a Prime Minister.

    • King Zimuto May 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

      Simweena Bantu -Why always have negative thinking on some of these political developments? So you are cock-sure that came election day Morgan will be of no relevance in Zimbabwean political field?

      • peter Chitovah May 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

        More gay has had enough of him in the Zimbabwean political arena. thats the apex level a puppet cld reach. he know his fate come election time but somurume pane vamwewo you cant spread kuti i foresseee defeat. zimbabwe is too big my friend for cheap politics. put straight your numbers and analyse. zvaakadya bhenzi nyuwani iyoyo ne kaimba kaya ndozvake chaizvo. we cant entrust the whole nation to a behopper whats that

        • Frankly May 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

          More gain anotori nemore game time this time around. Dai pasina MDC mungadai musina kumboenda kunoita zve new constitution izvi. Moregain anepower muface kana usingazvizive. Mudhara bob hapana yekutamba kana Mogiza asina kuti”YES”!

        • Andrei Mafeso May 23, 2013 at 8:06 am #

          More gain is all we want period. No more zanu madness. Sanity has taken over.

        • MORGAN IS MORE May 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm #


          MORGAN IS MORE

    • Frankly May 22, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

      There s no longer monopoly as was before, Hey Mr! are u there? As for rushing people into an election, we re not in a hurry. Munoda kumhanyisa nyika kupi kwacho. vanhu hatisikumhanyira anywhere. Slow-slow baba. Inyika yedu haisi yeZANu kana MDC, ndeyevanhu. Remember that chimurenga was for everyone not an income generating engagement as most ZANUnites would want to assume. Kana ambuya vangu vakauraya mbudzi yavo vachipa macomrades vakangofanana neakabata pfuti. Tirikuroja muone room this time. Mumwe nemumwe anemakiyi ake.

      • 3poop May 23, 2013 at 8:22 am #

        these are the comments we want in a new zimbabwe

  5. chamakadya May 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    haana kubvisa mamwe mapage here bob. anozviita kusiya mamwe mapage asina ku sainwa

  6. vaChiwaz May 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    Newsday can you tell us in brief what the GPA says regarding the contentious security sector reforms and other remaining reforms and what the new constitution says specifically about these reforms.

    • peter Chitovah May 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

      cry sing smile or puff NO SECURITY SECTOR REFORMS HERE!!!!!!!!! itai dzekumba kwenyu. reform. makajaidzwa hantika. what is the reform you are crying for actually??????? kana asingade maelections ngaarege mbudzi dzevanhu makwara mamdshit. if u are a security threat to the nation and u think we should reform to accommodate your detrimental requirements? to hell. mboko

      • Pope francis 11 May 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

        Chitova, facts speak for themselves, your raving and ranting will not save zany killers, winds of change, 2008 my cousin spent the whole month living in the mountains why? For supporting MDC, time up for you and your party, this time hatitize

    • george bachinche May 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

      There was not issue with the security sector in the GPA.

  7. Matemai i Nzou May 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    The Dawn of a new Era!

  8. Chief Justice May 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm #


  9. russell May 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    So wats next from here

    • muchinyarawo May 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

      moregay avakutsvaga basa.

      • Chinja Guqula May 22, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

        Wat gurantee do u have kuti Robert is winning?

        • morena May 23, 2013 at 7:24 am #

          The President (Mugabe) is the best choice. Zimbabwe can not be lead by feminine males. Zimbabwe will never be a colony again. Teaboy, ngaadzokere kunonandzva bhutsu dzevatapka vake. zviroto zviroto!!

          Well said, Mugabe. They are worse than pigs and dogs!

  10. Simweena Bantu May 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    Anozivei nezve Security Morgay for him to talk about worse still the reform of a security sector? Takapedza nyaya iyoyo tirikuhondo iye Morgay ariku Bindura preparing stella tea

  11. nm May 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    What are the implications on election dates, security sector reforms, election and other pertinent laws of the land?? Plz editor address this in your tomorrow’s edition. Thank you.

  12. wamaromo May 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    Now what does the new constitution say about election dates as we start with it now. 7 days from June29 harped by Zanupf thugs.

  13. Kaprasha May 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    Icho!Mazimbo the destiny is now in your hands.

  14. nm May 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    “8 sections to come into force immediately” from the Herald. Plz expagorate on the implications of these.

  15. Coolhead May 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    Thank you newsday. You try to keep up to date.

    We reiterate the need to field technocrats, who respect constitutionalism in your primaries.We urge skilled Men and women to get into the ring as independent candidates.The game has already started.It is time to take Zimbabwe into a respectable and effective democracy.

  16. I see you May 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    shit!!! does this mean no more mana from Gushungo for the glattonous Mpofu, Gono etc etc

    • WEUZUMBA May 23, 2013 at 7:47 am #


  17. Simweena Bantu May 22, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    @King Zimuto, we are not saying Morgay will cease to be relevant after election. There are options for him; he can look for a constituency and get elected as an MP, and he should do it fast before they hold primaries next week coz anogona kuwana vafana vagovana zvapera. He can also join the list as a senator, turiko tumaconstituency tuvatengesi vanonhonga panonepapo akapinda neproportional represetation. He will be wasting time contesting chigaro chamambo. That i bet ne zimbabwe chaiyo.

  18. mduduzi nyathi May 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Praise God …….fellow Zimbabweans

  19. Transtional Provisions May 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    329 Commencement of Constitution, transitional provisions and savings

    The Sixth Schedule applies to the commencement of this Constitution, the repeal of the former Constitution and the transition to the new constitutional order established by this Constitution.

  20. philosopher May 22, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    @Bantu my friend you are going to be shocked.but hey dreaming is still good for ones health.keep on sleepwalking

  21. Tawanda May 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    NewsDay don’t fool Zimbabweans …Mugabe signed the constitution mid morning not in the afternoon as u want ur readers to believe

    • reader May 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

      so, what exactly are you trying to say?

    • mukoma May 22, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

      How does that affect anything you lizard? The fact is the document was signed. Try reading the herald uone dzinonzi nhema kwete zvauri kutaura zvenguva, zvina basa rei? Tikwanire, uchatukisa bato raunotsigira

  22. Ngwazi May 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    @Phunyu the Sperm Harvester, u r back..u had been too quiet harvesting sperms!!!!

  23. Mukanya May 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    @ Simweena Bantu – Is it the same Moregay who once gave the Guvnor a thorough beating or you are refering to someone else?

  24. Bingu wa Mchombo May 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    phunyu sithini khathesi ?

  25. Kambiri May 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    My hearty congratulations to the people of Zimbabwe for reaching this milestone in the history of the Country. President Mugabe, PM Tsvangirai, DPM Mutambara, Welshman Ncube there are times in life when as leaders you have to forego your ego for the sake of progress. Compromise is not a lack of will power but an act of bravery. Although there maybe some hidden agendas as we go into electioneering the biggest hurdle is now overcome ie. implementation of a new consititution we MUST be respected. I also appeal to all the readers to refrain from using hate and abusive language but to now ernestly contribute ideas on how we can debate constructively on the way forward for our battered nation. Newspapers must also play their role in Nation building and stop devisive and biased reporting ZBC, please come to the party you are falling behind badly.

    • reader May 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

      thank you

    • tau May 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

      thats some maturity there.i salute you.busy kungonyombana,kurowana iye mugabe na tsvangirayi wachidya wese.

  26. Simweena Bantu May 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    @Mukanya, wrong my friend! We are in this mess, having Moregay as PM for a number of reasons. Unoziva here chinonzi mucheka dzafa? The election was rigged by an environment of sanctions, the revolutionary party was also at the time affected by imposition of candidatesespecially by Didmus, that bred the tendency bhora musango, presiding civil servants were paid to doctor figures, all these factors militated against the revolutionary party. And Moregay was the prime beneficiary. We have addressed those now, we won’t be donating any votes this time. You get it?

    • mukoma May 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

      saka morgananei nebhora musango yenyu iyoyo. For you own info, bhora musango was aimed at getting rid of mugabe since zanoids would campaign for everyone from councillor to senator and tell people not to vote for mugabe. that same man will be standing and bhora musango will be worse coz he is even more advanced in age. anyway kana mutasa aiita imposition of candidates hanti idambudziko renyu kubato renyu ikoko, morgan akwana papi

    • Justin May 23, 2013 at 4:31 am #

      have been following what u have been saying. To be honest you have run out of ideas. You should be telling us why we should come back to Zanu instead to fanning hate. and that is the prime reason why people are running away from your party. Talking about the liberation struggle should be left to teachers and professors now coz thats what is keeping us in 1979 whilst other countrise are moving forward. GROW UP!!!!!!

  27. Simweena Bantu May 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    @Philosopher, exactly my point, we have watched Moregay dream all the way to Europe, USA, East, West Africa enjoying the fantasy of a Premier. It’s over. But as you mention, it’s healthy to dream coz other synonyms will call that a vision.

  28. VJay May 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    @Kambiri, ndokutaura kwemu Zimbabwean aka funda uko. Peace, peace & peace vana veZimbabwe.

  29. matimadi May 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    tichaona anoshaya basa cm election date malast kicks of a dying horse ma pf

  30. gorekore May 22, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    this is Zimbabwe i have been praying for. A Zimbabwe where leadership sit together and formulate what is theirs. As for the dates of elections, i know the inconveniences caused to the economy, social, political and spiritual platforms, but as long as brother is against brother, tribe against tribe, region against region because of politics, lets delay them His Excellencies (President and Prime Minister) until we know that we are Zimbabweans and there is no blood worth loosing. No need to rush because of SADC, AU or outside force when Zimbabweans are still threatening to kill each other. and by the time the dates are pronounced, the new constitution would have aligned each other’s mindset to a new Zimbabwe. How i love my country, even Biti cant resist the future.

  31. n'angahadzi May 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    New constitution! Chimwe chikomba tasa!

  32. Phunyukabemphethe May 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    After sitting together and signing toilet paper documents – next its Gukurahundism full swing – watch the space!!!

  33. Phunyukabemphethe May 22, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Ola, Jabulani Sibanda lo Chiwenga wakho- lithi kanjani zikeberetshe?

    Zikhiphani ngasemagumeni??

  34. Silas Mhlanga May 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    what next you guys. Its clear that Bob is fighting aloosing battle coz since 2009 the song about election was being sung saying next year which does not come. Still he is threating pple about electon in June 29 kuda kutipinza fear ya June 27. Hatitye isu chakatochaya. 14 days dzemanomintions and another 30 days which comes to 44days Mugabe waruuuuuuuuza.

  35. Black Crow May 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    not yet time to celebrate until the bulls lock horns, this year zanu jongwe is finished.

    blood suckers are gone

    vampires are history

    draculas on their road to extinction!!!!!!

    lizavuma and this year we are king makers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • zim zim May 23, 2013 at 7:43 am #

      @Black Crow, you are wrong my friend. Zimbabwe, just like morena said, cannot be ruled be feminine males. My question to you is, Do you hv a back bone? Are man enough to face the facts? Zimbabwe is more mature and habitable now while Bob achirikutonga, rega uone

      • Black Crow May 23, 2013 at 8:47 am #

        i have a spine and tell you what, i’m from matebeleland and i havent yet enjoyed independence so when you say zimbabwe is habitable i say yes only to my northern cousins. but for us southerners, NO!!! We are yet to be independent!!!!!!

        i have the spine because me and my people defeated an armed zanu jongwe since independence and our northern cousins got the confidence to challenge the chief vampire after seeing us doing it successfully!!!!!!

  36. nicoh mweembe May 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    simweena bantu means the one who lies to people in tonga so the guy is a lier don ‘t even take him seriuos

  37. Sammerz May 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    Morgan is my man thanx for putting pressure on the old Bob now we have a new constitution which he and his party never wanted for the past 3 decade,change has come.

  38. Phunyukabemphethe May 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    From tonight, Gukurahundism will be in full swing, with a viciousness never seen before – watch out Mashonaland, watch out for your angry, vangeful and tribalistic kith and kin!!

  39. Bingu wa Mchombo May 22, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    actions speak louder than words,worse people dnt practise what they say,freedom of association is in the constitution but look where is it exercised,ah these are toilet papers !

  40. Jamengweni Godonga May 22, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    Welcome back Phunyukabemphethe. Don’t be swayed by negative comments; if you feel the comment doesn’t deserve your response, don’t dignify it. Your hard hitting issues are in order

  41. alex May 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm #


  42. Bingu wa Mchombo May 22, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    ok then lets look for God’s wisdom,men are cheats !

  43. Bingu wa Mchombo May 22, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    Phunyuka u are outstanding coz u shaking the hornet’s nest,most of our fathers,mothers,sisters,academics,cannot comment this far,bafile besesaba okungathi yisikhathi sika Banda u Kamuzu

  44. Pope francis 11 May 22, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    Chitova, facts speak for themselves, your raving and ranting will not save zany killers, winds of change, 2008 my cousin spent the whole month living in the mountains why? For supporting MDC, time up for you and your party, this time hatitize

    • dibulanyika May 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

      we are tired of being oppressed by an alien , come election time zimbabwe shall never be ruled by an idiot again.

  45. Chief Justice May 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    Beware of the ides of march. Change is looming like it or not.

  46. chitova May 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    Gloom is ahead of zanu pf thugs who masquerade as heroes for the new constitution is a tool against them

  47. muzokomba May 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Let run our own house in our own way forget those who want fight against us . It’s nt even there first time bt WE WILL FIGHT with everything for our beautiful ZIMBABWE. Wherever u are london,south ,states u knw there’s a moment miss home n think of ol good things u cant think of bt l always thank n follow HIS EXELLENCY

  48. Chinja 4life May 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    Its a step in the right direction. Gone Lancaster in comes Zimbabwean written constitution. Although it is not perfect but it is a better devil. It marks the end of of that man’s reign. Whether stealing the votes or not at least we know that he has to at some point. If he stills the votes it means he will stay for another 10 years but they will one day come to an end.

    • Gukurahundi May 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

      we wil c

  49. clarence block May 22, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Only time will tell and only Jesus i pray will makes some wonders. All the best to all those with vission love u

  50. Godlwayo May 22, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    this tim no to intimidation of opponents, we wish u a fairwell retirement and peaceful transition of power from Mugabe to Tsvangirayi.

  51. Alfar May 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    @Kambiri.what a good stuff.thank you

  52. Senzeni Bo May 22, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    Non event changes nothing? If the PM still existing???

  53. chido charehwa May 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm #


    • TMaN May 22, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

      voted for by who ?

  54. @Choruwa_junior May 22, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    congratulations for the long overdue new constitution which came about partly because of the persistence Morgan showed… change is inevitable that surely is very visible now. I just hope come election time they won’t be any intimidation and thuggery. for a long time we have been under a system which is not working but actually leading us into turmoil. destiny is in our hands. as far as I am concerned Morgan will be voted into power…

  55. chido charehwa May 22, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    thank you papa R.G MUGABE GOD BLESS

  56. chido charehwa May 22, 2013 at 10:01 pm #


  57. chido charehwa May 22, 2013 at 10:02 pm #


  58. chimwango May 22, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    @Simweena Bantu you are so absorbed with dictatorship so much so that you forget that RG is not going to announce election date before consulting other principals as required by the PGA.He has got to do as required by SADC if we are going to have a free and fare election.

  59. T¥PZ May 22, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    Hameno 2 all thoz vari loyal kubato seni lets kip up the struggle.mdara said “no to violence”,so be it ma folks.havatityise nezvima sanctions zvavo,lets bury chematama nezvimbwa sungata zvake once and for all paballot.

  60. T¥PZ May 22, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    @chido,tht mex 2 of us.hapana mdara bob

  61. Vaxrue May 22, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    thanx President Mugabe for signing President Tsvangirai basa iro rekutungamirira Zimbabwe matopinda basa Sawe we will vote for you again.

  62. T¥PZ May 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm #


  63. T Hamal May 23, 2013 at 4:01 am #

    I think he should have gave a farewell msg, as this new constn expects a president to stand fo 2 terms yet he has over 5. Tsvanirai shld vie fo his last ‘term’.

  64. Asylum May 23, 2013 at 6:01 am #

    Some canal minded persons think that the old constitution allowed ZANU 2 kill its rivals & do what ever they wanted. It adressed human rights issues better than the new constitution wc has put men aside & is jst talking about women. Zanu will continue wt its unorthodox means 2 win elections & now Chihuri has ordered his Police not 2 arrest Zanoids bt MDC-Ts only. Jst be united & fight this Party if they refuse 2 hand over power.

  65. Simweena Bantu May 23, 2013 at 6:14 am #

    His Excellency says ”pamberi ne zimbabwe, pamberi nekubatana!” and Morgay says, that’s not good enough, ”chinja!”. Rubbish.

  66. Chiguvari May 23, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    Congrats Zimbos

  67. Peter Bangarombe May 23, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    Wonderful achievement, now may the best leader win.

  68. Chinx May 23, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    Aluta continua…zvimwe zvivanhu zvamama

  69. CHINJA! May 23, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Morgan has done his part so well for Zim. Zanu demon is angry for sure.Hate speech is the order of the day at ZBC,Herald,Sunday Mail.Its a lie that ZANU liberated Zimbabwe for if they had then there was no need for a new constitution

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