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Devolution agreement dismissed

By Bhekizulu Tshuma

LEADERS in Matabeleland region have dismissed as a nullity the compromise agreement reached by parties in the inclusive government on devolution power.

Reports indicate that Zanu-PF and two MDC formations have agreed that the country’s 10 provinces will each have a provincial assembly made up of Members of Parliament and Senators from that area, representatives of local authorities and 10 individuals elected through proportional representation as well as a provincial governor.

It is also reported that the provincial assembly will nominate two possible candidates for governor which they will forward to the President who will choose from the two.

“Its a total disaster, the MDCs have put our governance system into a disaster. I don't know what they are intending to do or what they seek to achieve. But if you go back to the draft constitution of 2000, the MDCs will emerged an embarrassed lot because the draft was far far better that what they are proposing now,” said Dumisani Mpofu from Masakhane Trust, a civic society organisation.

Mpofu said the fact that the governor shall be elected by the President kills the entire notion of devolution saying their desired devolution was to have the provincial assembly directly elected by the people.

“We say it is very unfortunate because the structure that they are proposing for the provincial assembly is a similar structure that we have currently have ... which we call a the provincial council which is headed by the governorand members of that council are supposed to be MPs but that structure is not working,” he said.

Edwin Ndlovu Bulawayo spokesperson for the MDC led by Professor Welshman Ncube accused Zanu-PF and MDC-T of conniving against the wishes of the people.

He said: “That is a nullity, its null and void because its not the devolution of power which the people of Zimbabwe want, its not devolution of power which people of Zimbabwe spoke about during the out reach process.

 




 

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0 #2 Sydney 2012-06-29 17:01
Pple of Mthwakazi and other Zimbabwe territories, let this be known to you.Zanu-PF will never agree to devolution because to them that means loosing the patronage system that has served them so well to loot the wealth of Zimbabwe without any remorse for the past 32 years.They know that devolution will expose them, because some provinces will begin to make progress which will make them become irrelevant.If you want pple to always depend on you or come to you to beg, the first thing is to control them and make them poor, by with holding every source of wealth that they can make.Then after that they will come and kneel before you begging all sorts of favours that they can make them earn a descent living.That is what Zanu-PF wants Zimbabweans to be especially those from outside Harare.
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+1 #1 Tapera Nepropaganda 2012-06-29 01:23
Here is a Zanu scheme of ruling the Regions forever - spying and oppressing Zimbabweans. If continued, its reign of CIO murders, abdications,mai mings and militia pungwes, will be perpetuated. How is this Devolution different from the present system of centralisation?

The referendum rejection on the coming Constitution must be by Chapters or Sections rather than the whole document. A "NO" vote reverts the country to the colonial Lancaster Constitution - a Zanu and NCA trick.
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