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Outrage at Senate proposal

Ray Matikinye

THE National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) has expressed outrage at Zanu PF’s plans to accommodate those of its members who lost party primary elections held earlier this year in the prop

osed Senate.

The civic body said the ruling party’s proposal was an insult to the collective intelligence of Zimbabwe and “and an affront to their aspiration for a free and democratic Zimbabwe”.

“The NCA is appalled that Zanu PF has the boldness to even suggest the abuse of national constitutional reform to reward rejects of its own political process by creating a Senate for them,” the civic organisation said in a statement this week.

President Robert Mugabe this week assured those of his party members who lost in primaries that they would be accommodated in the Senate under proposed constitutional reforms to be instituted after the general election if Zanu PF wins a two-thirds majority.

Mugabe told campaign rallies in Hurungwe and Zvimba this week that the Senate would be introduced by June this year as his party was confident of winning a two-third majority needed for constitutional reform.

Said the NCA: “Zimbabweans deserve and have a right to vibrant, relevant and democratic national institutions not the museum of political dinosaurs,” adding that such a House would more aptly be called a sanatorium.

The NCA has hailed the opposition Movement for Democratic Change for its commitment to give the people an opportunity to make a transparent, accountable and inclusive constitution if it wins the election.

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