Members of Zimbabwe's National Constitutional Assembly met
on Friday in Harare to review the power-sharing agreement signed by the country's major parties and concluded that the accord brings little real change to the political landscape.
The NCA said President
Robert Mugabe will exercise considerably more power in the new government than incoming prime minister
Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change, long the opposition party before its combined formations secured a majority in parliament in general elections in March of this year.
The NCA also took issue with Article 6 of the accord regarding a new
constitution, saying that the section refers to a draft constitution compiled in 2007 by ZANU-PF and MDC officials in the town of Kariba, not to the "people-driven" version the NCA
NCA spokesman Maddock Chivasa
told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the organization will keep pressing for a
22 member organizations of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition also met on Friday and
agreed a lot remains to be done on the political front despite the
Issues taken up by the group included the new
constitution and the role of parliament.
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Spokesman Macdonald Lewanika told reporter Carole
Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that while civil society was not directly involved in the talks,
there is a lot of work to be done rebuilding democracy.More reports from VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe...