Spokesperson Jessie Majome (MP) said the report contained the data collected countrywide during the consultative phase. It has two components, statistical and narrative. Both quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis were used in producing the report, which should be available to the public shortly.
The report paves way for drafting of the new constitution, which Majome said should be complete within 35days. Co-chair Paul Mangwana said the drafting process would be piloted with a preparatory workshop in Masvingo this week whose expected outcomes would be:
• The identification of constitutional issues from the national report,
• Consensus on constitutional issues to be included in the constitution
• Gap filling in constitutional framework in areas not covered by field data
• The finalisation of the constitutional framework
• The identification of the constitutional principles which will guide the drafting team and
• Agreeing on a framework for conflict / dispute resolution.
Participants are limited to members of the Committee who will provide political guidance to the process; members of the drafting committee and representatives of the ministry of constitutional affairs. Observers and the local media are only welcome for the opening and closing ceremonies.
The panel, that mainly consisted of members of the sub-committees, could not be drawn into giving specific dates or a timeframe for the completion of the remaining part. They said the success of the process required a degree of flexibility. – From ZimRightsPost published in: Politics