Vote ‘No’ to draft constitution: Madhuku
The draft constitution leaves all power in the president, who is allowed to do what he/she wants.1. The NCA strongly objects to the powers of the President. Here are the powers of the President.is head of State, head of government and commander-in-chief (Section 89).Parliament (Section 104).(Section 104).the Presiden
t exercises Executive authority “through Cabinet” has no value because the Cabinet is the
President`s baby. All Cabinet ministers are hired and fired by the President at his/her pleasure.de Parliament. This is bringing back appointed non-constituency MPs (Section 104(3)).Section 204).tion 205).etc). In making these appointments, all the President is required to do is to consult one of his/her ministers(Chapter 11).s the final say over the appointment of all judges (Section 180). Although there isprovision for interviews, the President has power to refuse to appoint any of those recommended and order theJudicial Service Commission to start afresh.one appoints the Attorney-General (Section 114) and may fire him/her at any time(Section 115).-General (Section 259).missions including the ZimbabweElectoral Commission (Chapter 12).highest worker (Section 203 (4)). The President still has this power after appointing a Minister for the PublicService and the Civil Service Commission.143 (3)).te-of-no-confidence in his/hergovernment (Section 109 (4)).to be decided by a future Parliament so that the political party controlling Parliament will shield the Presidentfrom answering questions (Section 140(3)).office (Section 98).ent in this regard is useless (Section 111).y salary (called a pension) equal to thesalary of the sitting President (Section 102(3)). This is for life.2. There are two Vice-Presidents (Section 92). We no longer need two Vice-Presidents in a newconstitution. Further, a person who has left office as Vice-President will continue to receive, for the rest of his/her life, a monthly salary (called a pension) equal to the salary of a sitting Vice-President (Section 102 (3)).3. The size of Parliament has been increased to a total of 350 MPs (270 National Assembly and 80Senators), (Section 120 and 124). The number increases to 355MPs with five ministers appointed by thePresident. We have no resources for such a huge legislature. In 1980 there were 140 MPs, in 1990 we had 150,in 2005 the number went up to 216 and in 2008 it became 303.