Mugabe 'won't sign constitution'
13 February 2012, 17:16
Cape Town – Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe will not sign the draft
constitution into the new supreme law of the country as long as it
disqualifies him from contesting the next elections, The Zimbabwe Mail reported on Monday, quoting a senior Zanu-PF official.
Constitution Select Committee (Copac) co-chairperson Munyaradzi Paul
Mangwana said there was no way Mugabe would sign into law a document
which disqualified him from contesting.
"President Mugabe has
already said he is contesting the next elections. As long as I am in
Copac, there is no way we are going to allow a draft which is
detrimental to my party [Zanu-PF] and its leader," he said.
Copac last week published the first draft which has many sections that Zanu-PF is strongly opposed to.
to the report, Section 6.4.2 of the draft disqualifies from standing in
Presidential elections, any person who has already held the office for
10 years, meaning that President Robert Mugabe cannot contest the next
The powers of the President with regards to the
appointment of security chiefs are diluted and the draft also allows
dual citizenship under Section 3.3, another issue strongly opposed by
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