Senate passes Zim Constitution

Zimbabwe’s new Constitution needs to go before Robert Mugabe before being made law.

Zimbabwe’s new Constitution needs to go before Robert Mugabe before being made law.

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe's Senate on Wednesday passed the new Constitution just days after it was approved by the Lower House of Parliament.

The Constitution still has to go before President Robert Mugabe for formal assent.

But Constitutional Affairs Minister Eric Matinenga warned it would make little difference to Zimbabwe's politics if those in power did not respect the new laws.

The Senate proposed a number of minor amendments to the Constitutional bill.

The Lower House then debated the proposals.

The 75 senators were in a jubilant mood after they passed the bill.

Zanu-PF national chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo claimed the new Constitution was the "voice of God".

He said officials in power needed to respect the new law.