COPAC working on final draft of constitution

The Constitutional Parliamentary Select Committee (COPAC), which is spearheading the drafting of a new charter in Zimbabwe, says it is now working on the final draft of the constitution.

Mwonzora
Mwonzora

COPAC co-chairman Douglas Mwonzora said the current process to revise the document will take 10 days. Then until end of April they’ll be fine-tuning the document with the help of drafters.

The Nyanga North MP told SW Radio Africa on Tuesday that they’ve already completed one of 19 chapters in the draft.

Once the document is agreed to by all parties in the GPA it will be translated into vernacular languages and into Braille. It will be widely publicised to give all Zimbabweans an opportunity to familiarise themselves with its contents before it is taken to the second all stakeholders’ conference.

Mwonzora said that according to their projections, barring any disturbances, a referendum is expected in September, although there is a possibility it may be held earlier if issues still in dispute are resolved sooner.

‘We still have outstanding issues that the negotiators are dealing with, things that will be incorporated into this constitution. So even if we complete the draft, it may be some time before they deal with parked issues.

‘Assuming these outstanding issues are dealt with quickly we can have a referendum before September. These are minor issues in my respective view; the only problem we have now is the management committee not resolving them on time. The key members of that committee are also key ministers in the inclusive government and they have been travelling quite a lot on government business lately,’ said Mwonzora.

The MDC-T spokesman revealed that the three issues that remain in dispute are chapters on dual citizenship, devolution and the appointment of executive commissions. – SW Radio Africa News

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