9 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Copac Draft - Politburo Hands Over Disputes to Principals

THE Zanu PF politburo deliberated on the Second All-Stakeholders' Conference consolidated report on the contentious Copac draft constitution on Wednesday and agreed to hand over disputed issues to the principals.

The report all but confirmed the sharp differences in the stalled constitution-making process by the three parties in the inclusive government as Zanu PF, MDC-T and MDC all stick to their entrenched positions.

The report was divided into four parts comprising proceedings of the conference; areas where no changes were recommended to the draft; areas where recommendations for change to the draft were made and agreed to, as well as areas where changes to the draft were recommended and disagreed on.

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo yesterday said the politburo had agreed the management committee would deal with sticky points before handing over the draft to the principals.

The politburo was pleased that its recommendations were highlighted in the report although other parties disagreed with them.

"We received the report on the Second All-Stakeholders' Conference from Cde (Patrick) Chinamasa. Our proposals are now part of the process. Copac didn't edit or leave anything out," said Gumbo.

"We also agreed that there is need to mobilise for the referendum and election. We are telling people to be ready for a referendum and that they are supposed to follow what the party says.

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