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'Zimbabwe Leaders Not Hijacking Constitution Making Process'

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Eric Matinenga says principals in Zimbabwe’s unity government do not want to take over the country’s constitution-making process following the holding of what has been widely regarded as a successful All Stakeholders’ Conference recently in Harare.

Matinenga, who met Monday with President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara in Harare, said the three wanted to get an update about the draft constitution.

The principals’ meeting comes at a tricky time in the constitution writing process, as political parties in the unity government are deadlocked on the way forward following the release of the Second All Stakeholders’ Conference report.

Last week, Zanu PF and the two Movement for Democratic Change formations disagreed on how to deal with the report.

Zanu PF demanded that the report be sent to the principals first, and the MDC asked for the report to be presented to parliament, threatening to refer the matter to the Southern African Development Community.

The president has already indicated that the unity government principals will have the final say on the draft before it is submitted to parliament.
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