HARARE (Zimbabwe Investor) – Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe ushered the country into a new constitutional era by signing into law a new constitution declaring the nation will hold a peaceful election this year.
Flanked by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Vice-President Joyce Mujuru, President Mugabe signed the document amid cheers.
“I am glad that this document we call our own Constitution now enables us to say, ah, you are truly the makers of your own nation. You have demonstrated that you are one. Divergent opinions, yes, variation of cultures, yes, political differences, yes, but remember the common denominator which this document emphasises. No one in our country — young or old — this religion, that religion, this tribe, that tribe, can say he or she is superior to others” said Mugabe
The president called for peace and unity in country urging people to recognise that despite different political opinions, they all belonged to Zimbabwe.
“There is equality, equality, equality. Zanu-PF, yes, that is the jacket I am wearing. MDC, yes, that is the jacket and tie you (PM Tsvangirai) are wearing, but these jackets when we take them off, what are we then? You are truly the son of some Buhera family. Zvimba, yes, and he (DPM Mutambara) Chimanimani. We remain Zimbabweans all of us. That is the realisation emphasised by this document,” he said.
Speaking at the same occasion, Prime Minister Tsvangirai expressed pride at being a Zimbabwean while congratulating President Mugabe on signing the new constitution.
“I am humbled by this occasion. We want to congratulate the President for performing this historic and significant event. When you signed the Lancaster Constitution you said you signed with a heavy heart. I hope in signing this Constitution you will go down a very satisfied man. Congratulations,” he said.
The new constitution which replaces a 33-year old document negotiated at the Lancaster House conference in 1979 has been eagerly anticipated by locals and the international community. It is expected the new charter will bring in a new dispensation which breaks from a checkered past.