SW Africa Radio's Hot Seat program was the scene of a sizzling discussion when Hot Seat host Violet Gonda spoke with U of Zim political science professor and well known political commentator, John Makumbe, Archbishop and outspoken Mugabe critic, Pius Ncube of the Bulawayo diocese, Methodist Bishop Levee Kadenge, the leader of the Christian Alliance, and Bishop Trevor Manhanga of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (and active participant in the "National Vision" process). Bishop Kadenge explains that his problem is not with the document itself but with the process:
"But, my problem is the way they are going about it, because, already, it has been given to the President who has already made a judgment. And, for me, what has been said by the President kills all the six items on their way forward, which are: constitution, dialogue, land commission, repeal of POSA etc and then building bridges and then the Churches offering their global networks as a way of building the future. And, all these, when the President said there are things which are not negotiable, all the six fall in the category of non- negotiable. And then the question is what is the way forward? That’s how I look at this document. A good document and I’m very honest, but, perhaps there are changes which have been done lately to the final document. But, as I was following the document in the process of it being written it is one of the best documents ever produced. But, the way it is being done now there is the question of who is in control, who is in charge, who has the final say, who make declarations and that kind of a thing."
You can read the transcript of the discussion here.