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Zimbabwe Constitutional Reform Panel Urges Nonviolence Message by Leaders

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

Committee Co-Chairman Douglas Mwonzora said his panel wants President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara to denounce political violence and discrimination

Zimbabwe's Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional Reform wants the three main figures in the country's power-sharing unity government to take part in the launch of a constitutional revision outreach program in early 2010 by speaking collectively against political violence and intolerance.

Committee Co-Chairman Douglas Mwonzora, the House member for the Nyanga North constituency, said his committee wants President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara to throw their weight behind the revision exercise and discourage discord.

Mwonzora, who belongs to Tsvangirai's formation of the Movement for Democratic Change, said his committee has agreed not to adopt the Kariba Draft pushed by Mr. Mugabe's ZANU-PF party as it was becoming divisive.

He also took a swipe at state-controlled media such as the Herald and Sunday Mail newspapers and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation for continuing to attack the prime minister and MDC ministers in the unity government.

Mwonzora told VOA Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that the committee is awaiting a response from the three unity government principals.

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