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Harare, Bulawayo Copac outreach set for August


The outreach programme in Bulawayo and Harare will now begin in August after all the other provinces have been completed.
The two provinces have not held any meetings regarding the crafting of the new supreme law after the Constitution Parliamentary Select Committee (Copac) moved the deliberations to accommodate the Fifa World Cup that ended in South Africa on July 11.
Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs minister Eric Matinenga said yesterday that Bulawayo and Harare needed attention and would be covered in August to enable most people’s views to be incorporated.
“Harare and Bulawayo will be done around August to have as many teams as possible in Harare and Bulawayo on a weekend to accommodate workers who will be off from work,” said Matinenga.
“It is anticipated that the outreach will be concluded by September and thereafter, thematic teams will take over the analysis of data in preparation for drafting of the new constitution.
Matinenga said in areas where disruptions had occurred, teams were instructed to revisit the places to allow everyone a voice.
“Where participation has been disrupted for whatever reason, teams have been instructed to revisit those places,” he said.
“Everybody’s participation is appreciated and valued. I am happy that civil society and Copac have come to an understanding regarding the monitoring of the outreach programme. The participation of civil society can only enrich the process and make it more credible.”
Matinenga said more than $8 million has been adopted as a supplementary budget, and said Copac incurred extra costs as a result of teething problems that gripped the first phase of the outreach.
The process got off to a sluggish start owing to myriad logistical problems including lack of adequate funds to meet the needs of those driving the programme.
“This outreach programme was initially budgeted for 65 days, but on reassessment and in light of the initial problems and oversight on other issues, a supplementary budget amounting to $8 562 350 has been prepared and adopted,” Matinenga said.
The first phase of the outreach programme began in June and the media has carried stories of reported violence and intimidation in some parts of the country.

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