23 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Makoni Blasts GNUPrincipals

SIMBA Makoni, president of Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn, yesterday lashed out at principals to the Global Political Agree-ment (GPA), accusing them of having "elitist and protectionist" intentions that have nothing to do with national interests.

The GPA is the document that culminated in the formation of the inclusive government, which inclu-des President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF, Pri-me Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC-T and Welshman Ncube's MDC.

Ncube's formation was, at the formation of the inclusive government, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutam-bara, who was voted out at a party congress two years ago.

Mutambara has however, refused to make way for Ncube as the party's proxy in government, creating a two-tier representation under which the former student leader has been the principal in government while Ncube has been the principal at the party level.

The GPA principals in-dicated that they had resolved their differences on the draft constitution and directed the Parli-amentary Constitutional Select Committee (COP-AC) to incorporate their resolutions into the document.

But Makoni yesterday blasted the GPA principals, saying they were only interested in protecting themselves without respecting the will of the people.

"We wish to serve notice on the GPA parties and COPAC that they should not take the people of Zimbabwe for granted. They should not expect the people to accept a product that is designed to safeguard and entrench the interests of a small clique, at the expense of the will and rights of the whole nation," said Makoni at a press conference yesterday.

He added: "We condemn, in the strongest terms, that national resources were expended in an exercise aimed primarily at allaying the fears and concerns, and advancing the aspirations of, the GPA political parties."

Makoni said COPAC has so far not come out in the open about what the agreed positions of the principals were, raising eyebrows. He said his party was concerned "particularly (by) the arrogance of the GPA principals in disregarding a clear and cardinal provision of the GPA itself by arrogating to themselves, responsibility for producing the country's constitution".

He accused COPAC and legislators from the three political parties of being cowards who had capitulated to pressure from the inclusive government leaders and surrendered the responsibility to produce a draft constitution to their leaders.

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