Chaos at COPAC- as Zanu PF continues with data analysis

copacHARARE - Constitutional thematic committee team members from ZANU PF continued on Thursday 12 May 2011 with data analysis using the disputed quantitative method in the absence of their counterparts from the two formations of the MDC.

Members of the Constitutional Parliamentary Select Committee (COPAC) were locked up in marathon meetings throughout the day as they tried to resolve the impasse created after the parties disagreed on the methodology to use to analyse public views on the new constitution.

However thematic committee members from ZANU PF together with technical advisors and rapporteurs aligned to the party continued with the data analysis using the ZANU PF preferred quantitative methodology.

Other team members from the MDC-T and the MDC led by Professor Welshman Ncube spent the whole day outside the thematic committee rooms at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) waiting to hear the way forward from their leaders in the select committee. Both parties are advocating for a qualitative methodology for the data analysis.

Using the quantitative approach ZANU PF is counting frequencies at which an issue was raised in order to justify its importance but the MDCs argue that the outreach process was never designed as a quantitative data gathering tool but rather qualitative.

ZANU PF team members could be seen busy at work in all the thematic committees until late in the afternoon while their counterparts were just milling around the venue of the meetings.

On Wednesday the COPAC select committee failed to agree on the way forward and resolved that the matter be referred to the Management Committee which is comprised of all the Global Political Agreement (GPA) negotiators and three COPAC co-chairpersons of ZANU PFs Paul Mangwana, MDC-Ts Douglas Mwonzora and the MDCs Edward Mkhosi.

COPAC co-chairperson Edward Mkhosi said the select committee members discussions on the matter would put the matter to rest.

We are very close to agreeing and we will be giving you the details about the meeting tomorrow (Friday, May 12, 2011) during a press conference, said Mkhosi.

Other COPAC co-chairpersons were not immediately available for comment.

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