26 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Committee Adopts Copac Draft

THE Cabinet committee on the new Constitution yesterday adopted the revised draft following amendments proposed by the principals. The document will now be presented to the full Copac committee for adoption on Tuesday.

Copac co-chairperson Cde Paul Mangwana yesterday confirmed the adoption of the new draft.

"The committee met today and adopted the draft. It will now be presented to the Constitutional Parliament Select Committee on Tuesday for adoption," said Cde Mangwana.

"The next major step afterwards will be its presentation to Parliament."

His counterpart Mr Douglas Mwonzora concurred saying the draft constitution would be presented to Parliament when it resumes sitting next month.

"We met today with the drafters and adopted the draft. The document will be presented to Copac and then to Parliament when it resumes sitting.

"We are likely to move the motion for the adoption of the draft on February 8 and then debate will commence the following day," Mr Mwonzora said.

The Copac co-chairpersons on Thursday said publicity campaigns to inform the public on the provisions of the draft constitution would also start next week.

This is expected to ensure that Zimbabweans appreciate the provisions of the proposed supreme law.

The Global Political Agreement principals last week brought to an end a six-month deadlock between partners in the inclusive Government over some provisions in the draft constitution.

The deadlock came after Zanu-PF rejected the draft constitution released by Copac in July.

Zanu-PF said the draft did not correspond with views gathered from the generality of Zimbabweans during the outreach programme.

The impasse led to the setting up of the Cabinet committee made up of the Copac co-chairpersons and negotiators to the Global Political Agreement.

Zanu-PF Politburo has already endorsed the agreement reached by the principals and pledged to campaign for the draft constitution's adoption at the referendum.

The referendum for the constitution's adoption will follow the debate in Parliament.

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