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Zimbabwe: Copac to Call Out Second Outreach Programme

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Zimbabwean President Mugabe and PM Tsvangirai

COPAC will rollout another outreach programme countrywide at a cost yet to be disclosed before the constitution-making body convenes the second all stakeholders' conference provisionally set for May.

Copac co-chairpersons confirmed the development yesterday although some of them preferred to call the outreach programme "provincial stakeholders" conferences.

They said the second outreach programme was designed to sensitise the people on the contents of the draft constitution.

The first outreach was held in 2010 when Copac gathered views of the people on what should be included in the new constitution.

In an interview yesterday, Cde Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana (Zanu-PF), said they will hold one meeting in very province.

"It is not a new outreach programme but stakeholders provincial conferences.

"We are going to do what we did during the first all stakeholders' conference and this time we will be informing people on the contents of the draft constitution.

"We want to reduce the number of people coming to the second all stakeholders' conference from 4 000 to 2 000," he said.

Cde Mangwana said Copac dismissed assertions by co-chairperson Mr Douglas Mwonzora (MDC-T) that the second all stakeholders conference might be held in May.

"That is his (Mr Mwonzora) opinion he may be right or he may be wrong but we have not yet deliberated on the matter," he said.

Mr Mwonzora concurred with Cde Mangwana that they wanted to reduce the number of people to attend the second all stakeholders' conference.

During the outreach, Mr Mwonzora said stakeholders will have an opportunity to interrogate the draft constitution.

"These are conferences organised by Copac in provinces to sensitise people on the contents of the draft constitution.

"They will precede the second all stakeholders' conference. This has been necessitated by the fact that we want to reduce the number of delegates coming for the second all stakeholders conference.

"Instead of 4 000 we will only have 2 500 delegates and we will meet other stakeholders in their provinces," he said.

Mr Mwonzora said a small crowd at the second all stakeholders conference will be manageable.

This, Mr Mwonzora said, will minimise chances of mayhem that characterised the first all stakeholders' conference held at the Harare International Conference in 2010.

There was mayhem during the conference as the parties clashed on ideological grounds.

Mr Mwonzora said the second all stakeholders' conference was likely to be held at end of April or early May.

He said after the drafters completed the draft constitution, it would be sent back to Copac for further interrogation before it was taken for the second all stakeholders conference.

Co-chairperson Mr Edward Mkhosi said: "The issue of the provincial outreach is one of the issues that we have discussed but we have not reached a conclusion.

"We discussed that it was easier to go and meet people in their respective provinces rather than bringing them together because it will be difficult to manage them."

He said Copac was still weighing options. Mr Mkhosi said Copac was making frantic efforts to complete the process. A draft constitution, Mr Mkhosi said, might be ready by next week if the drafters intensified their efforts.

He said there were some outstanding issues they have referred to the management committee for determination. Mr Mkhosi said once those issues were sorted, they will be forwarded to the drafters for inclusion in the draft constitution.

"We have come up with recommendations on what the new constitution should be like and we have since sent them to the drafters," he said.

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