Zimbabwean Constitution Deadlock - Zuma Sends Team Again

President Jacob Zuma has again send his facilitation team to Zimbabwe to engage coalition partners over constitutional stalemate.
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File photo: President Jacob Zuma, center, with President Robert Mugabe, right, on a previous working visit to Zimbabwe.

  • Zimbabwe:  Copac Saga - Principals Strike Deal

    The Herald, 27 November 2012

    LEADERS of parties to the inclusive Government have agreed to form a committee comprising three Cabinet ministers nominated by political parties to "expeditiously" resolve areas of ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zuma Mediation Slows Down

    Financial Gazette, 21 November 2012

    SOUTH African President Jacob Zuma's (pictured) mediation in the Zimbabwe crisis is slowing down due to a plethora of political problems that threaten his leadership of the African ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Silver Lining in Draft Deadlock

    Financial Gazette, 21 November 2012

    PRINCIPALS in the Global Political Agreement have tasked the Minister responsible for the constitution-making exercise to proffer recommendations aimed at breaking the impasse ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Constitution Watch - Second All Stakeholders Conference

    Sokwanele, 18 November 2012

    The Second All Stakeholders' Conference went ahead as planned on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd October. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Constitution Watch - Deadlock Post Second All Stakeholders Conference

    Sokwanele, 19 November 2012

    After preparatory work by rapporteurs and COPAC staff and the co-chairs and a preliminary meeting, the Select Committee met on 5th and 6th November to finalise its report on the ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Delays and Deadlocks Denying Democracy to Zimbabweans

    SW Radio Africa, 19 November 2012

    The people of Zimbabwe are being short-changed by the political parties in the government of national unity (GNU), whose bickering over procedure has caused numerous delays and ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Principals Receive Update On Constitution

    The Herald, 20 November 2012

    Principals to the Global Political Agreement met yesterday and received an update on the constitution-making process from the Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Eric ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Playing Politics With Military History

    Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, 11 November 2012

    As Zimbabwe heads towards elections in 2013, ZANU-PF is once again looking to the country's highly partisan securocrats to dash the people's democratic desires and keep the party - ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zanu-PF Threatens to Pull Out of Joint Committee

    The Herald, 14 November 2012

    Zanu-PF has threatened to pull out of the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) over alleged interference by the Zimbabwe Institute, which manages the body's ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  MDC-T Blames Zanu-PF for Latest Copac Deadlock

    SW Radio Africa, 13 November 2012

    The MDC-T has blamed ZANU PF for the latest deadlock to hit the crafting of a new constitution, their spokesman said on Tuesday. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Deadlock Over Copac Conference Report

    The Herald, 13 November 2012

    The Copac management committee meeting in Harare yesterday failed to agree on the Second All-Stakeholders' Conference Report. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Management Committee Throws Back Copac Report

    The Herald, 12 November 2012

    THE management committee has orde-red Copac to rewrite its report on the Second All Stakeholders' Conference after it reportedly once again failed to capture important submissions. ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Draft Constitution a 'Major Move', Says Rights Lawyer

    allAfrica.com, 12 November 2012

    Zimbabwe's constitution-making process is at a crucial stage as it is expected to go for a referendum to decide whether or not it would be voted in as the nation's supreme law, ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  New Constitution - Mugabe 'Will Comply'

    allAfrica.com, 8 November 2012

    A leading figure in the development of a new Zimbabwean constitution says Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party will resist strongly any attempt by President Robert Mugabe to ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Changes Not Made to the Draft Constitution After All-Stakeholders Meeting

    SW Radio Africa, 8 November 2012

    COPAC has not altered the draft constitution after the Second All-Stakeholders conference, because suggested changes were shot down by delegates, a COPAC co-chairman said on ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Mugabe Still Trying to Subvert Copac Process

    SW Radio Africa, 6 November 2012

    There are reports saying that Robert Mugabe's attempt to subvert the COPAC process will fail as no other principal to the GPA supports his demands for the draft constitution be ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Mugabe Faces Revolt Over Constitution - Report

    Zimbabwe Standard, 4 November 2012

    MPs are plotting to resist his plans to take over the final stages of the constitution-making exercise, authoritative sources told The Standard yesterday. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Stakeholders' Conference a Success, Say Parties

    The Herald, 25 October 2012

    COPAC'S Second All Stakeholders' Conference was a success and offered Zimbabweans the opportunity to freely express their views on the draft Constitution, political parties and ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Stakeholders Conference Dismissed as 'Pointless'

    SW Radio Africa, 25 October 2012

    Despite positive reports in the state run media and local press, praising the 2nd All Stakeholders Conference for being "peaceful" and ending "on a high note", some observers, ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  All Stakeholders Conference - a Step Towards Real Change!

    Movement for Democratic Change, 25 October 2012

    The MDC believes that the people of Zimbabwe spoke, had their voices heard during the Copac outreach programme and captured in the draft constitution as presented by Copac to the ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Copac - Still No Deal on Sticky Issues

    The Herald, 24 October 2012

    COPAC'S Second All Stakeholders' Conference ended in Harare yesterday with delegates failing to agree on nearly all contentious issues in the draft Constitution. Presentations by ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Second All-Stakeholders Conference Passes Off Peacefully

    SW Radio Africa, 23 October 2012

    There were sighs of relief on Tuesday after a potentially explosive COPAC second all-stakeholders conference ended peacefully in Harare. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  MDC Boycotts 2nd All Stakeholders' Conference

    The Herald, 23 October 2012

    THE MDC formation led by Professor Welshman Ncube yesterday boycotted the official opening of the Second All Stakeholders' Conference in protest against Deputy Prime Minister ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Ncube Protests Mutambara Presence As Conference Begins

    SW Radio Africa, 22 October 2012

    The 2nd All Stakeholders Conference got off to a dramatic and chaotic start in Harare on Monday, with the MDC-N leader Welshman Ncube walking out of the event, to protest the ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  'Principals Only Intervene After Deadlock'

    The Herald, 24 October 2012

    Copac says principals in the inclusive Government will only have a say in the constitution-making process when the committee reaches a deadlock. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  High Court Gives Copac Ultimatum

    The Herald, 19 October 2012

    THE High Court has ordered Copac to publish the National Statistical Report on the draft Constitution on its website by 10am today ahead of the start of the Second ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  CIO Operative in Bid to Stop 2nd All-Stakeholders Conference

    SW Radio Africa, 18 October 2012

    It has been alleged that 'political analyst' Danny Musukuma, who filed an urgent application at the High Court in Harare to stop the holding of the Second All-Stakeholders ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Mugabe and Tsvangirai Considering Copac Takeover

    SW Radio Africa, 16 October 2012

    Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Robert Mugabe are reported to be considering changes to the constitutional reform exercise, which would give them the final word in a process ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Mudede Accredited As Zanu-PF Delegate for Stakeholders Conference

    SW Radio Africa, 16 October 2012

    Register-General Tobaiwa Mudede was on Tuesday accredited to attend the 2nd All-Stakeholders Conference as a ZANU PF delegate. The 68 year-old Mudede has been in charge of all ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Copac Asks Civil Society to Submit List of Delegates

    SW Radio Africa, 17 October 2012

    COPAC has assured delegates from the Civil Society Organizations (CSO's) that they will be encouraged to participate in the 2nd All-Stakeholders conference without aligning ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zuma's Faciliation Team Back in Harare

    SW Radio Africa, 8 October 2012

    President Jacob Zuma's facilitation team landed in Harare on Monday for briefings on the progress of the finalization of a new constitution, a condition for the holding of ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  President Apprises Zuma of Constitution

    The Herald, 26 September 2012

    SADC facilitator to the Global Political Agreement, South African President Jacob Zuma, has acknowledged the tremendous progress made in the constitution-making process and the ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Copac Postpones Second All-Stakeholders' Conference

    The Herald, 26 September 2012

    COPAC has postponed the Second All-Stakeholders' Conference that was expected next week following logistical challenges. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Copac in U-Turn Over Civic Participation At All Stakeholders Conference

    SW Radio Africa, 25 September 2012

    The parliamentary select committee in charge of Zimbabwe's constitutional reform program (COPAC), has made a u-turn regarding participation of civic society groups at the 2nd All ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Date for 2nd All Stakeholders Meeting to Be Decided Thursday

    SW Radio Africa, 19 September 2012

    The Constitutional Select Committee, COPAC, will meet on Thursday in Harare to finalize details and date for the second all stakeholders' conference. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Cabinet Rejects Referendum Amendment Bill

    The Herald, 20 September 2012

    DATES for Copac's second all stakeholders' conference have been set though Cabinet has rejected the Referendum Amendment Bill whose proposed changes are reportedly not consistent ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Govt to Roll Out Pre-Referendum Activities

    The Herald, 20 September 2012

    GOVERNMENT will on Monday roll out pre-referendum activities to inform the public on the contents of the draft Constitution. Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Eric ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Parly Has Final Say On Constitution

    The Herald, 20 September 2012

    A lot of people are not aware that the ultimate arbiter in the Constitution-making programme is Parliament and its members. In this case, it will be the House of Assembly members ... read more »


  • Zimbabwe:  The Logic of the Running Mates

    Movement for Democratic Change, 18 September 2012

    Hon Douglas Mwonzora, the MDC National Spokesperson and Chairperson of the Parliamentary Select Committee on the new Constitution (Copac) has said the issue of who takes over after ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zuma to Respond On Copac Draft Amendments

    The Herald, 18 September 2012

    The Sadc facilitator to the Global Political Agreement and South African leader, Cde Jacob Zuma, is set to respond to the MDC formations on their position on the Zanu-PF proposed ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zanu-PF to Hijack All Stakeholders' Conference

    Zimbabwe Standard, 16 September 2012

    ZANU PF plans to hijack the second all-stakeholders' conference in order to influence the outcome of the final draft constitution, it has emerged. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zanu-PF Using Draft Charter to Test Popularity

    Zimbabwe Standard, 16 September 2012

    Zanu PF's proposed amendments to the Copac draft have become the talk of town, but that is just much ado about nothing. The Copac process which took three years to complete (with ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zanu-PF Wants Polls Under Old Constitution

    Zimbabwe Standard, 16 September 2012

    Having realised that the constitution-making process was nearing completion stage, where it is supposed to be presented to the Second All Stakeholders Conference, taken to ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  MDC-T's 'Yes' Vote Campaign Ill-Advised

    The Herald, 18 September 2012

    The world over, coalition governments negotiate on all issues that matter for national development and any party, which deviates from such an important national duty, becomes a ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Copac National Report a Sham

    Zimbabwe Independent, 14 September 2012

    THE debate over the Copac draft constitution has gone on for the past few weeks with the state media, both print and electronic, supporting the unilateral amendments Zanu PF made ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zanu-PF Cannot Set Agenda for Copac - Mwonzora

    SW Radio Africa, 14 September 2012

    MDC-T spokesman Douglas Mwonzora has said ZANU PF cannot set the agenda for COPAC by telling them what documents to bring to the Second All Stakeholders Conference. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  MDC-T Want SADC and AU to Supervise Constitutional Conference

    SW Radio Africa, 14 September 2012

    The MDC-T has called for regional and international supervision of the Constitutional reform process, following a deadlock between the MDC formations and ZANU PF, over which draft ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Copac Draft Empowers Locals

    Zimbabwe Independent, 14 September 2012

    BATTLE lines around the stormy debate focusing on the constitution-making process are clearly drawn as preparations for elections next year gather momentum. Starting last week, the ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  MDC Calls On SADC, AU to Supervise Stakeholders' Conference

    Movement for Democratic Change, 14 September 2012

    At the long last the faction ridden Zanu PF Politburo has resolved to follow the provisions of the Global Political Agreement and agreed to let the copac draft to be taken to the ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Mugabe Dithers On People's Constitution

    Office of the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, 12 September 2012

    A key meeting to discuss the Constitution-making process failed to take place after President Robert Mugabe did not convene the indaba on Wednesday despite an earlier agreement ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Mugabe Invites Ncube to Principals Meeting, Then Postpones It

    SW Radio Africa, 11 September 2012

    MDC leader Welshman Ncube was on Tuesday invited to attend his first ever Principals meeting, which was however postponed as Robert Mugabe spent much time meeting his negotiating ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  My Voice Is In. My Vote Is Yes!!

    Movement for Democratic Change, 11 September 2012

    The debate around the new constitution has become bastardized and wallowed in mediocrity and downright ignorant adulteration. Salubrious, incoherent and non-germane issues have ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Tsvangirai and Mugabe Meet Over Constitutional Deadlock

    SW Radio Africa, 10 September 2012

    Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai met with Robert Mugabe for their usual scheduled Monday meeting, in a bid to try and unlock the current deadlock over the Constitution reform ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  President Tsvangirai Launches the Vote Yes Campaign

    Movement for Democratic Change, 8 September 2012

    President Tsvangirai today launched the Vote Yes campaign at a colourful event before thousands of party members in Harare where he said it was improper for the three political ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Constitutional Draft Content Victory 'Sweets' Cannot Be Stolen From Our Mouths

    Sokwanele, 9 September 2012

    Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) members express concern the once again the word 'election' dominates the political rhetoric and that the Copac draft has once again become hostage to ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Constitutional Process in Crisis

    Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, 6 September 2012

    Everyone knew that the constitution-making process in Zimbabwe would be fraught with tension since the two MDC formations and President Mugabe's ZANU-PF were always going to fight ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  President Tsvangirai to Launch 'Vote Yes' Campaign On Saturday

    Movement for Democratic Change, 7 September 2012

    President Tsvangirai will tomorrow launch the Vote Yes campaign at a colourful event at the Harare Show Grounds at 10am. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  MDC-T Factional Politics Creep Into Constitution-Making - Analysts

    The Herald, 10 September 2012

    THE MDC-T wants to collapse the constitution-making process by declaring a premature deadlock and launching a rash "Yes Vote" campaign before the adoption of a final draft, ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Heads You Lose, Tails You Win

    Financial Gazette, 5 September 2012

    ZANU-PF and the two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formations have been kept on the edge of their seats not so sure which side the coin would fall on in the on-going ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  No End in Sight On Draft Impasse

    Financial Gazette, 5 September 2012

    SOUTH African President Jacob Zuma's facilitation team awaits the results of a meeting of principals to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) aimed at resolving the draft ... read more »

  • Southern Africa:  SADC Troika to Convene Special Summit On Zimbabwe in October

    SW Radio Africa, 5 September 2012

    The SADC Troika has resolved to take a hands-on approach to the Zimbabwe crisis by convening a special summit next month, to discuss and address the 'deadlocked' constitution ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  War Vets Reject Draft Constitution

    The Herald, 5 September 2012

    THE Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association has rejected the draft Constitution released by COPAC, saying it does not reflect the views of the people. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Constitution Stalemate Designed to Divert Attention From Reforms

    SW Radio Africa, 4 September 2012

    Attempts by ZANU PF to make 'outrageous' changes to a draft constitution produced by all three coalition partners is designed to divert attention from fundamental reforms that are ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Copac Wants One Draft for Referendum

    The Herald, 4 September 2012

    COPAC wants Government to take one draft Constitution to the referendum instead of proffering two documents as suggested by the MDC formations. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Constitution Watch - Veritas

    Sokwanele, 4 September 2012

    What is the Future of the COPAC Draft Constitution? read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Political Grandstanding Stalls Charter - Mangwana

    Zimbabwe Standard, 2 September 2012

    As the parties to the GPA, Zanu PF, MDC and MDC-T, continue to haggle over what direction to take regarding the Copac draft, The Standard reporter, Nqaba Matshazi (NM) spoke to ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  'Deadlock a Call for Elections'

    The Herald, 30 August 2012

    ANY declaration of a deadlock over the draft Constitution is a call for immediate general elections under the current Constitution, Zanu-PF has said. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zuma's Facilitation Team Meets GPA Negotiators

    The Herald, 29 August 2012

    President Jacob Zuma's facilitation team yesterday met negotiators to the Global Political Agreement to hear an update on Constitution-making in Zimbabwe. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Constitution: Zuma Team Expected

    The Herald, 28 August 2012

    PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma's backroom facilitation team is expected in Harare today to get an update on Constitution-making in Zimbabwe. But, political analysts said the visit was ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Test Copac and Zanu-PF Drafts - Zuma

    Zimbabwe Independent, 24 August 2012

    SADC facilitator to the Zimbabwe crisis, South African President Jacob Zuma, says it has been suggested an alternative way of resolving the current impasse on the draft ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  SA Facilitators Expected As Constitutional Process Stalls

    SW Radio Africa, 22 August 2012

    The chief facilitator on the Zimbabwe crisis, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, or representatives from his facilitation team, are expected in Harare by the end of the week, to ... read more »

  • Southern Africa:  MDC Supports SADC's Position On Zimbabwe

    Movement for Democratic Change, 20 August 2012

    The MDC is pleased with the outcome of the 32nd SADC summit held in Maputo, Mozambique where Zimbabwe was urged to fully implement the Global Political Agreement (GPA). read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Draft Constitution: Let the Women Speak

    The Herald, 20 August 2012

    THE constitution-making process in Zimbabwe has been one of the most publicized issue in Zimbabwe's media in the past year with the Constitution Select Committee (Copac)'s numerous ... read more »

  • Southern Africa:  SADC Applauds Zuma's Zimbabwe Mediation

    SAnews.gov.za, 19 August 2012

    Regional leaders who convened for the SADC summit in Maputo have heaped praise on South Africa's President Jacob Zuma for his mediation to the Zimbabwean political impasse. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zuma Commends GPA Progress

    The Herald, 16 August 2012

    SADC-appointed facilitator to the Global Political Agreement, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, has acknowledged progress achieved by parties in the inclusive Government. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zuma Jets Into Harare for Talks With GPA Principals

    SW Radio Africa, 15 August 2012

    South African President Jacob Zuma flew into Harare on Wednesday afternoon for talks with the GPA principals. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zuma Expected Today

    The Herald, 15 August 2012

    SOUTH African President Jacob Zuma is expected in Zimbabwe today for a meeting with Global Political Agreement principals. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zuma Coming to Zim

    Zimbabwe Independent, 14 August 2012

    SADC-appointed facilitator South African President Jacob Zuma is expected in the country this week to meet principals of the GPA ahead of the 32nd Sadc heads of state and ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zuma Is Heading to Harare to Mediate Political Crisis

    SW Radio Africa, 14 August 2012

    Regional efforts to mediate an end to the long drawn out crisis in Zimbabwe are set to intensify on Wednesday, with the arrival in Harare of the South African President Jacob Zuma. read more »

  • Southern Africa:  Media Briefing By Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim On International Developments

    South African Government, 14 August 2012

    Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the media and a warm welcome to Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) weekly briefing on international developments and ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Another Battle Looms Over Constitution

    Institute for Security Studies, 14 August 2012

    Following ZANU-PF's marathon politburo meeting on Wednesday 8 August to audit the draft constitution, the party has maintained that it cannot accept the document without the ... read more »

  • Southern Africa:  Zuma to Report to Regional Leaders On Zimbabwe

    allAfrica.com, 14 August 2012

    Excerpt from a media briefing by the South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Coooperation, Ebrahim Ebrahim, on August 14, 2012: read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zuma to Intervene After Constitution Deadlock

    SW Radio Africa, 13 August 2012

    A deadlock is looming between ZANU PF and the MDC formations over the draft constitution, amid reports the SADC mediator to the Zimbabwe crisis might be flying into Harare on ... read more »

  • South Africa:  President to Travel to Zimbabwe for Mediation

    South African Government, 13 August 2012

    President Jacob Zuma will on Wednesday, 15 August 2012, travel to Harare, Zimbabwe as part of South Africa's responsibility as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Pro-Mugabe Forces Question Zuma's Role in Zimbabwe Talks

    The Herald, 2 August 2011

    THE forthcoming 31st Ordinary Sadc Summit of heads of State and Government slated for Luanda, Angola, this month should consider whether President Jacob Zuma continue as ... read more »