|Parties, analysts slam Tsvangirai for jumping the gun|
|Saturday, 01 September 2012 00:00|
Zvamaida MurwiraPOLITICAL parties and analysts yesterday rapped MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai for jumping the gun and launching a “Yes” campaign for the Copac draft Constitution.
Mr Tsvangirai announced his party’s decision when he met civil society members to give them an update on the Constitution-making process.
But political parties and analysts said Mr Tsvangirai was showing immaturity and ignorance as he seemed not to appreciate that the process was driven by consensus.
Zanu-PF spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo castigated Mr Tsvangirai’s decision as premature.
“The President has indicated that he would engage the principals. To then start campaigning before the conclusion of the process is premature and amateurish. Let us be more rational and reasonable.”
“He should campaign for a ‘Yes’ vote after consulting with other leaders. It should not be unilaterally,” he said.National Constitutional Assembly chairman Professor Lovemore Madhuku said Mr Tsvangirai was irresponsible.
“It is a very irresponsible stance because he has not finalised the draft in terms of what he had agreed to and signed,” said Prof Madhuku.
“When he says he supports the draft, which draft is he referring to? There is no draft at the moment because the GPA said for there to be a draft there should be certain processes like the second stakeholders’ conference. It means he does not respect the people, he takes them for granted,” he said.
“I think it would be prudent for party supporters to mobilise for a ‘Yes’ vote and persuade others,” he said.
Msasa Project director Mrs Netty Musanhu said their preoccupation as women was that any further negotiations should not take away the gains for women.