The ruling ZANU PF party has thrown its weight behind the contentious Constitutional Amendment Bill No.2 which recently sailed through the National Assembly and Senate 191 to 20 and 65 to 10 votes, respectively.
Addressing a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Harare this Friday, ZANU PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo said the amendments are aimed at strengthening the country’s democracy. He said:
This attests to the seriousness of our government and our people to adjust our constitution in line with our founding indigenous and workable standard of governance.
We have however taken note of the spirited attempts by the sworn critics of government misinforming the public about these amendments. Nothing could be further from the truth.
These amendments are aimed at strengthening our flourishing constitutional democracy through the deliberate creation of a stable institution of the presidency by removing the imported running mate clause which has proved to be chaotic where it has been used.
Khaya Moyo argued that it was clear from the onset that the “running mate clause”, which is set to be amputated from the Constitution, was not popular with the framers of the national charter. Said Moyo:
It is, therefore, not by mistake that the makers of the 2013 Constitution, our people, averred that this clause is operational after 10 years from 2013.
This is because it needed to be subjected to further scrutiny coupled with the observation of whether it was efficient in countries where it has been operationalised.
There is certainly therefore nothing amiss in copying international best practices and established traditions as applicable in other jurisdictions.