A Zimbabwean law expert, Professor Lovemore Madhuku has said Zimbabwe still needs new, truly people-driven Constitution.
His remarks come when the Parliament has embarked on a Constitutional Amendment process which he believes is nothing short of a strategy by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to consolidate his grip on power.
Madhuku made the remarks during an interview with the Daily News. Below are the excerpts of the interview.
Q: In your view, why is the government fast tracking this Bill?
A: It is nothing but the consolidation of power. All the major proposals focus on giving more power to the president.
The rush stems from two agendas: to deal with internal Zanu PF power dynamics by scrapping the running mate clause and to control the Judiciary for purely partisan interests.
The rush has nothing to do with deepening democracy in the country.
Q: Who is this going to benefit, the people or the State?
A: Neither the State nor the people will benefit. The government of the day is not the State. Only the temporary interests of the politicians pushing these amendments will be satisfied.
After a few years, even the politicians pursuing these amendments today will no longer be protected by their own amendments. It is not acceptable to write a constitution in the image of the ruling party of the day.
Madhuku and his National Constitutional Assembly, then a pressure group, strongly opposed the 2013 COPAC driven Constitution saying it did not capture the interests of the people.
He has also voiced against the ongoing amendments at the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) forum.
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