Zimbabwe constitution reform hits another delay

AP News
Posted: Oct 14, 2010 7:23 AM
Zimbabwe constitution reform hits another delay

Lawmakers in charge of a troubled constitutional reform program in Zimbabwe say they have run out of money for final public meetings.

A new constitution must be drawn up before fresh elections can be held, but the process has been plagued by delays and accusations of intimidation since it began in July. One man died in violence last month.

Paul Mangwana, co-chair of the lawmakers panel, said meetings that were abandoned after the violence were postponed for a second time Tuesday.

But Mangwana said they will resume when funding is available "hopefully soon." He said a referendum on a new constitution is scheduled for June 2011. The new constitution was part of a power-sharing agreement that has been strained by deep divisions.