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Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai's MDC Says Constitutional Process Has Become 'Circus'


The MDC party publication Real Change Times said the party would now prefer to simply see the process collapse on its own or for Zimbabwean voters to reject any draft referendum it produces in an eventual referendum

The Movement for Democratic Change formation of Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has dismissed the country's troubled constitutional revision process as a “circus” and called for the leading political parties to meet and come up with a solution as to how the country can move forward at this point in the exercise.

The MDC party publication Real Change Times said the party would now prefer to simply see the process collapse on its own or for Zimbabwean voters to reject any draft referendum it produces in an eventual referendum.

Party spokesman Nelson Chamisa told VOA Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that his party has come up with this stance in view of the chaos and violence that has, in its view, fatally marred the process.

The parliamentary select committee for revision of the constitution, meanwhile, was dismissing fears the resumption of Parliament today would disrupt the struggling outreach process, often delayed or disrupted since June.

A statement released by the Tsvangirai MDC said the outreach process in Manicaland province was in a shambles after lawmakers on the teams abandoned the meetings over compensation issues and fears of violence.

But Deputy Co-Chairperson Gladys Gombani Dube, a member of the Tsvangirai MDC formation, said outreach meetings in most regions are finished and lawmakers who must still attend sessions are excused from parliamentary duties.

Gombani Dube said the public comment phase of constitutional revision is under control.

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