Political analysts say Zanu PF has the right to take its time in scrutinising the draft constitution and propose amendments to ensure that the constitution which is a document for posterity reflects the wishes of the majority.
Meanwhile, the MDC–T through its spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora is claiming that no further amendments should be made to the draft constitution as they claim it is final since all parties signed the document.
Political scientist, Professor Jonathan Moyo says utterances by Mr Mwonzora that the document is now at a non-negotiable stage, shows lack of a clear understanding of the processes of the Global Political Agreement (GPA).
Professor Moyo noted that only the principals in the GPA have the power to allow the constitution to proceed to other levels if the document is satisfactory.
“Only principals make the final agreement after consulting with their parties using their structures. The GPA was signed by principals not negotiators. They have the final say.
“In the case of the draft negotiators, they signed to indicate that that the words on the pages are theirs and they signed to say they have finished their part. Mwonozora and all those who think like him are correct that they finished their part,” he said.
Another Analyst, Mr Goodson Nguni, says there is need to be thorough in reviewing the constitution as it is a document for posterity that will bind every single Zimbabwean citizen.
Nguni said, “The constitution is for everyone and more important than a political agreement. It is for posterity, the constitution will bind every citrizen. It cannot be product of a management committee and cannot be finalised by a management commitment. Principals have the mandate to act on behalf of their people and until they agree, there is no draft.”
The two MDC formations have already endorsed the draft constitution, but Zanu PF has concluded auditing the document and proposed amendments which if incorporated, the next Politburo meeting will come up with a clear position.
While the MDC-T claims Zanu PF is delaying the whole process, analysts feel the draft will not proceed to any level until President Robert Mugabe using his party structures appends his signature.