Kariba Draft undemocratic

BUHERA - Villagers here have said the imposition of the Kariba Draft would be undemocratic and an act of disrespect to the peoples mandate to write their own constitution.

In interviews carried out by this paper last weekend, the people said the new constitution must outline demarcations on the responsibilities of the three arms of state. An MDC-T councillor in ward six, David Sithole, said the judiciary should strive for independence from government interference and control.

“The judiciary should not be a tool of oppression by those in power. There must be equitable distribution of state resources without discrimination on grounds of political affiliation,” he said. The villagers said the looting and abuse of state resources should be stopped.

“Uniformed forces should carry out their duties professionally without discriminating on partisan grounds guided by a code of conduct that respects human dignity,” said Nathan Maina, a villager The people went on to say that torture by the Zanu (PF) officials and war veterans should never be tolerated and perpetrators of impunity should be punished severely.

“We are being harassed by overzealous Zanu (PF) youths who are forcing the Kariba Draft on us. We do not want that draft constitution. We want a people driven constitution, which embraces the wishes of the people of Zimbabwe,” said Francis Zamba a villager. Civil society groups in the area have been embarking on road shows to stimulate debate on the constitution-making process.

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