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MPs pass Amendment 18 Bill

Orirando Manwere

LEGISLATORS from Zanu PF and the MDC yesterday passed the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment No 18 Bill following Tuesday’s historic adoption of a

mendments by the full committee of the House of Assembly.

At least 111 lawmakers present in the house voted in favour of the Bill, meeting the two-thirds vote required in terms of Section 52 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe for any constitutional amendment to pass.

The House of Assembly is made up of 150 members.

Yesterday, the Bill went through the final third reading and now awaits transmission to the Senate for scrutiny before President Mugabe can assent to it.

There were cheers from both Zanu PF and MDC members when the acting speaker of parliament Kumbirai Kangai announced that all the 111 lawmakers had voted in favour of the Bill.

After the announcement of the vote count, the Bill was read for the third time and Kangai asked Vice-President Joseph Msika to comment in light of “this historic event”.

Msika said the passing of the Bill demonstrated that Zimbabweans were able to solve their own problems.

“This is a demonstration that we as Zimbabweans are capable of solving our own problems. I wish to say let us remain committed and continue to work together,” Msika said.

“I also want to thank our neighbour, South Africa, the African National Congress and in particular President Thabo Mbeki for having facilitated the outcome of this event which we have accepted without any dissension.”

The Bill makes provisions for the reduction the presidential term from six to five years, harmonisation of presidential and parliamentary polls and reconstitution of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

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