The Constitutional Parliamentary Select Committee has been accused by President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, of sluggishness in completing the draft that should be taken to a referendum soon.
The Copac team insists that it is being held back by political haggling over issues that people have already determined should be included in the draft constitution.
The party’s recently appointed Director of Policy and Research, Qhubani Moyo, told The Zimbabwean that his party was expecting all the local and regional organs dealing with conflict resolution in southern Africa to deliberate on the outstanding issues.
In the event that these interventions failed, he said Sadc should convene a meeting.
“If Copac management structures fail to resolve outstanding issues such as devolution, we expect the issues to be referred to Jomic. If Jomic, the principals and the Sadc facilitation team fail to resolve the issues, then a full Sadc summit should come up with the final solution,” said Moyo.
Moyo, who is also JOMIC member, said his party was disappointed by the treatment of the devolution issue in the draft constitution. “We want provinces to be fully political and economically empowered, not cosmetic devolution,” said Moyo.
Negotiators from the three political parties have failed to reach a consensus on contentious issues which include devolution, land leases, dual citizenship and executive powers.
Zanu (PF) is opposed to the inclusion of the post of Prime Minister and does not want devolution of power to the provinces as it feels this would weaken its stranglehold on power.
President Robert Mugabe has publicly condemned the inclusion of the devolution clause, arguing that it is divisive. The two MDCs are insisting that power should be devolved to the provinces.Post published in: News