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Mavambo demands completion of constitution

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Mavambo-Kusile-Dawn (MKD) has demanded finality to the constitution-making process as the party feels the process is taking too long.

In a statement MKD secretary for communications Silver Bhebhe said the delay in finalising constitution-making would make the whole process flawed.

“MKD is deeply concerned by further delays of the constitution-making process and demands that this issue be concluded as a matter of urgency,” said Bhebhe. Bhebhe said Copac had lost two months (November and December) and it was not clear when the last stages of the constitution-making process would be concluded as Copac was facing financial challenges.

“In light of the two months lost and the sudden loss of momentum in the constitution-making process, MKD would like the nation to know that we are very concerned about these further delays and we demand finality to the constitution-making,” he said.

Copac co-chair Edward Mkhosi confirmed Copac was facing financial problems thereby slowing the whole process.

“We are willing to deal with the process once and for all but the only problem is that we do not have enough money and Treasury cannot cater for all the debts we have,” said Mkhosi.

MKD also accused some MPs in the Constitution Select Committee of dilly-dallying as they would continue to enjoy government benefits.

“It also seems that many Members of Parliament in the select committee clearly know that the conclusion of the constitution process is likely to precede an early election which some of them are afraid of, hence the deliberate efforts to throw spanners into works and further delay the conclusion of the supreme law of the country,” Bhebhe said.

He said the public also wanted the process to be completed before their views and contributions were tampered with.

“People are worried about the safety of their input and they also want an assurance that their views won’t be doctored as in the case of the Chidyausiku Commission 10 years ago,” Bhebhe added.

Those who participated in outreach meetings were concerned about when they would get feedback and about how Copac would proceed with the process.

However, Copac co- chairperson Douglas Mwonzora said the next process of uploading people’s views would begin in January when all the 210 rapporteurs would be back at work.

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