CCJP on constitution bandwagon

constitutionHARARE The Catholic Commission for Justice (CCJP) has launched an offensive against a government-led constitution making process.

The organisation announced its recently formed constitutional committee in the latest edition of its newsletter, Pachivara. The committee has been set up to liaise with the people and those in the parliament and senate. It will be responsible for facilitating debate and negotiation of the submission of a new constitution, ensuring maximum public contribution.

While President Robert Mugabes Zanu (PF) party are pressing for the Kariba Draft to be accepted as the new constitution, the CCJP has declared that the final document should integrate the ideas of all of the political parties in parliament, civil society and individual citizens.

It has also said that inviting submissions from civil society is not good enough, and that the emphasis should be on accessibility. Also highlighted as an area of great importance was transparency.

All the meetings on the constitution have to be open to the public. All materials of the assembly such as minutes, reports and all submissions must be accessible through the internet,” reads the paper. The church has established what it calls the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) which is to be responsible for all the administrative dealings surrounding this process.

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