Constitutional outreach programme

matinenga_ericCONSTITUTION and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Advocate Eric Matinenga (pictured) has said the ongoing constitution outreach programme will be finished on time despite numerous set back that it encountered since it started.

Matinenga said the constitution outreach programme will be finished by the end of September despite donor fatigue to fund the supplementary budget to cover for the 25 extra days of the constitutional outreach programme.

The constitution outreach programmes initial budget was slightly above US$7 million a supplementary budget of US$8 million was needed to cater for the extra 25 days, Advocate Matinenga said.

He said more than US$12 million has been used to cater for the second quarter of the outreach programme which started on the 1st of July and is expected to be completed by the end of September.

Advocate Matinenga said the constitution outreach teams will be able to cover Harare and Bulawayo Metropolitan provinces and a few districts which have not yet been visited by the outreach teams

Security concerns and a dispute over daily allowances had threaten constitutional outreach programmes.

The Constitutional Select Committee (Copac) cut the number of meetings the outreach teams would conduct countrywide from the planned 5 803 to 3 868 after the police offered only 350 officers for the countrywide exercise.

Copac had initially planned to have three meetings in each ward but due to the unavailability of police officers, the constitutional body will now hold two meetings in each ward.

Copac, comprising parliamentarians and co-chaired by Paul Mangwana (Zanu PF), Douglas Mwonzora (MDC-T) and Edward Mkhosi (MDC-M) and the management committee, met last Thursday and resolved to cut the number of meetings due to security concerns.

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