Build MEZZO, Python 2.6

MS Windows XP 32 bit
Mezzo 2006-03-17
Visual Studio: Both 6.0 and 2005 are installed on the system
Python 2.6
scons 1.1.0

Running from cygwin bash shell process subordinate to emacs, command:

python scons/scons.py

fails with message
My Documentssoftwaremezzosconsscons-local-0.95SConsToolgas.py", line 36

import as

^

SyntaxError: invalid syntax


A google search suggests that this may be because Python 2.6 introduces a new reserved word, “as”.
Could you good developers please suggest a suitable workaround for building Mezzo ?

Thank-you for your help.