6 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Constitution Motion Moved in Parly

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Parliament of Zimbabwe

COPAC co-chairperson Mr Douglas Mwonzora (MDC-T) yesterday gave notice to move a motion for the House of Assembly to adopt the report on the progress and outcome of the Constitution-making process and the draft Constitution.

Mr Mwonzora moved the motion on behalf of his colleagues, Cde Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana (Zanu-PF) and Edward Mkhosi (MDC).

Vice President Joice Mujuru and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai were in attendance when the motion was moved.

"Cognisant of the fact that Article 6 of the Global Political Agreement provides that there shall be set up a Select Committee of Parliament to spearhead the drafting of a people-driven Constitution of Zimbabwe.

"Acknowledging that the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders on 12th of April did set up a Committee known as the Constitution Parliamentary Select Committee.

"Realising that the said Committee did undertake and complete drafting the new Constitution of Zimbabwe as provided for in the terms of Article 6 of the GPA.

"Mindful of the fact that Article 6 of the GPA further provides that Copac must table the report and draft Constitution of Zimbabwe before this honourable House.

"This House adopts the report on of Copac on the progress and outcome of the Constitution-making process and further takes note of the draft Constitution of Zimbabwe tabled before it," Mr Mwonzora.

The House is expected to debate the report and draft today.

After the debate in Parliament, Copac will embark on a month-long publicity campaign to conscientise Zimbabweans on provisions of the draft.

The principals are expected to announce dates of the referendum within the month.

All parties in the inclusive Government have since said they will support the draft Constitution at the referendum.

The revised draft Constitution was agreed upon by the principals last month after Zanu-PF rejected the original draft produced in July last year.

The party argued that the initial draft did not represent what the people said as contained in the National Statistical Report.

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