rugare gumbo 01-06-11 ed.pngThe continuous debate by COPAC on devolution of powers, dual citizenship and the issue of Vice Presidents is irrelevant and a waste of time as the issues have already been pronounced by the people during the outreach programme, the Zanu PF Politburo says.


The drafting of the new constitution came under the spotlight at the Zanu PF Politburo meeting held this Monday at the party’s headquarters in Harare.


Zanu PF Secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Rugare Gumbo said the Politburo received a report from the Zanu PF COPAC co-chairperson, Cde Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, who informed the meeting that the drafting process is lagging behind.


The report indicated that the drafters are spending more time on subverting people’s views gathered during the outreach programme by wasting time over issues such as devolution of power, dual citizenship and the positions of Vice Presidents and Prime Minister.


“We are completely unhappy with the drafters. I don’t think that they reflect the values and views of the people of Zimbabwe; they have got their own views likely foreign imported views which really don’t obtain in Zimbabwe. So as far as we are concerned, we are not going to accept anything that is not Zimbabwean,” said Cde Gumbo.


On the issue of UNDP advisor, Dr. Hassen Ibrahim, Cde Gumbo noted that the constitutional expert has since been relieved of his duties.


Cde Gumbo revealed that the Politburo had also taken a position that the COPAC management committee should surrender its responsibilities to the GPA principals so as to finalise the process which is long overdue.


Other issues also discussed were the on-going party restructuring exercise at district level and primary elections ahead of the forthcoming harmonised general elections.


Cde Gumbo said the Politburo resolved to hold primary elections ahead of the forthcoming general elections, adding that there will be no imposition of candidates.