The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Constitution-Making - Zanu-PF Pledges to Defend People's Views

Zanu-PF will not tolerate tampering of the views of the people in crafting of the new constitution, the party's national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo has said.

Presenting a solidarity message to the 53rd national conference of the African National Congress in Mangaung, South Africa yesterday, Cde Khaya Moyo said the party would resist any deviation from the people's views in the constitution-making process.

"Through the tried and tested revolutionary leadership of former President of South Africa Cde Thabo Mbeki and the current President Cde Jacob Zuma Zimbabwe is bracing for a referendum on the draft constitution which is being revised in detail by a special committee to look into the inputs of the Second All-Stakeholders' Conference, which were not taken on board as contained in the National Statistical Report.

"Our party has always stood firm in advancing the views of the people. We believe that agreeing to anything from sources other than the views of the people is betrayal of the revolution. We will resist such manipulation at all cost," he said.

Cde Khaya Moyo said it was impressive to note that ANC was supportive of such views adding that finalisation of the constitution-making process should lead to harmonised elections.

He said the inclusive Government had overstayed the hospitality of the Zimbabwean people.

Cde Khaya Moyo hailed the role played by ANC in resolving political differences in Zimbabwe.

"Having walked this road, the ANC has stood firm in advancing the aims and principles of unity among Africans.

"In this regard I would like to thank the ANC on behalf of Zanu-PF on their remarkable support in finding a peaceful and lasting solution to Zimbabwe's political impasse," he said.

Cde Khaya Moyo congratulated the ANC for electing new leadership saying Zanu-PF would continue to cherish its relationship with other liberation movements in the region.

"As former liberation movements, we hold common perspectives on issues of territorial integrity, sovereignty of our nations and the African goal of political and economic empowerment.

"An injury to one former liberation movement is an injury to all," said Cde Khaya Moyo.

He said liberation movements led countries in the region to political independence and as such should lead them to total economic emancipation.

Cde Simon Khaya Moyo paid tribute to the support the party received from ANC in calling for the removal of illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe diamonds.

"The selling of the diamonds without restrictions will give positive growth to Zimbabwe's economy," he said.

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