MDC-T spokesman, Mr Witness Dube has issued a statement on why the opposition party led by Senator Douglas Mwonzora voted for the Constitutional Amendment Bill No. 2.
The Constitutional Amendment Bill No. 2 seeks, among other things, to scrap the running mate clause, to promote gender equality and also gives the president the authority to appoint the Chief Justice and deputies.
Speaking after MDC-T senators had voted for the Bill, Dube said:
_Voting has taken place in the Senate, and Constitutional Amendment Bill number 2 bill has sailed through. On our party, mostly women senators voted for the bill naturally because of the clauses which guarantee women quotas both in parliament and in local government. As the MDC-T we debated vigorously, and fought valiantly to oppose this bill primarily because of the running-mate and the Chief Justice clauses._
_Whilst we understand how difficult it was for women in the MDC-T to have been conflicted between the age-old position of the party and their desire to make gains in the women’s movement, we are disappointed by male senators who may have absconded from the vote._
_As a party, we believe that the strength of our democracy is not only in the expression of our diversity through any vote, but, more so, the courage to always partake in such polls in order to express our divergent views._
_It is, however, encouraging to note that our party won the debates on merit in both houses, only to lose to a Zanu PF super majority attained at the 2018 elections._
_With democracy serve albeit in a manner that was not desirable by the party, we urge our members to continue working closely with their public representatives to ensure that future amendments are given due attention in their early stages in the lower house in order to avoid omnibus bills which present a voting dilemma._
The Bill has received criticism from many stakeholders who view it as a reversal of efforts made towards making Zimbabwe a democratic society.
Rival MDC Alliance has labelled MDC-T a ZANU PF puppet for voting for the Constitutional Amendment Bill that “dismantles the Constitution” which its leader Douglas Mwonzora previously fought to make.