Political Dialogue Actors (POLAD) forum members have asked for the withdrawal of the Constitutional Amendment Bill gazetted by Justice minister, Ziyambi Ziyambi early this year.
Constitutional law expert, Professor Lovemore Madhuku who chairs POLAD’s governance and legislative agenda subcommittee, said that POLAD resolved to have the Bill withdrawn meaning President Mnangagwa should now instruct his minister to withdraw the Bill.
Madhuku warned that if Mnangagwa did not enforce the resolution, it would be a clear sign that the platform was not effective and would therefore not need to continue. He said:
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Given that the recommendations on the Constitutional Amendment Bill are unanimous, a refusal by government will be a disbanding of Polad. There will be no Polad to talk about. Zanu PF is part of Polad. It runs the government. If it is sincere in being part to the Polad recommendations, it has to influence the government to accept the Polad position.
Madhuku said that the weight of acceptable proposed amendments in the Bill is insignificant when compared to that of issues which are unacceptable which need to be ironed out.
The development comes when POLAD members are facing severe pressure from their supporters to record some wins and prove that they were indeed not some ZANU PF projects.
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