Copac will this week launch its website, co-chairperson Douglas Mwonzora revealed Tuesday.
Mwonzora said the website, expected to be launched on Friday, will target Zimbabweans in the Diaspora to enable them to participate by airing their views to the talking points in the new constitution via the Internet.
“We want to make it possible for people who are outside Zimbabwe to be able to contribute as well, so that their views can be translated into intelligible data,” Mwonzora said.
“For example, we want to be able to take the views of the people in the Diaspora through the website.
Mwonzora said it had taken a long time for Copac to launch a website because they wanted to ensure that it was not going to be an ordinary one, but something good with the requisite interactive features for an important process like constitution-making.
“We recognised the fact that such a website required expert advice from an information technology consultant to enable us to harness the data that we wanted to get from Zimbabweans in the Diaspora,” he said.
He said the website was going to be an extraordinary one, a special website designed in a way that would not invite controversy.
“We wanted the information that would be gathered from the website to be credible and that is one of the reasons we took a long time to have it designed,” Mwonzora said.
At the commencement of the constitutional outreach meetings to gather views of the people on the new constitution, Copac did not have a website to enable Zimbabweans in the Diaspora to contribute to the constitution-making process.
Copac had to bow down to pressure by civil society groups and journalists who bombarded co-chairpersons Mwonzora and Munyaradzi Mangwana with questions about what measures the parliamentary constitution-making body had taken to ensure Zimbabweans in the Diaspora also participated in the process.
“The priority of the website and the real reason why it was designed was to target the people in the Diaspora. We were unable to visit them because of our financial standing, otherwise we would have gone to them,” said Mwonzora.
He said even if the website was targetting Zimbabweans in the Diaspora, Copac would still strive to ensure that those people in the country who wanted to contribute their views through the Internet could also do so via the new facility.