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Zimbabwe Constitutional Panel Threatens Court Action Against State Paper


Committee Co-Chairman Douglas Mwonzora of the Tsvangirai MDC said ZANU-PF members on the panel are being used by hardline elements in the former ruling party to derail the constitutional drafting process

The parliamentary select committee in charge of revising Zimbabwe's constitution says it will go to court to stop the ZANU-PF-aligned, state-controlled Herald newspaper from publishing its official logo and constitutional materials without approval.

The threat followed the unauthorized publication of portions of the new constitution, which is now in the critical drafting stage, by the newspaper.

Both formations of the former opposition Movement for Democratic Change were livid at the continued publication of the select committee's unfinished work by the newspaper with ZANU-PF officials on the body refusing to take responsibility for the leaks.

Committee Co-Chairman Douglas Mwonzora of the MDC formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said ZANU-PF members on the panel are being used by hardline elements in the former ruling party to derail the constitution-making process.

But ZANU-PF’s select committee co-chairman, Paul Munyaradzi Mangwana, said the leaks to state media have nothing to do with ZANU-PF.

"I do not see why the MDC and others are pointing a finger at ZANU-PF because there are over 24 people on the select committee and anyone could have done that," he said.

"I was surprised by the publication in the Herald just like everyone else. It has nothing to do with ZANU-PF but we will be able to deal with it," Mangwana said.

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