Individual leaders cannot prescribe to Copac if the constitution-making process should go ahead or not, co-chairperson Douglas Mwonzora (MDC-T) has said.
Mwonzora told a media briefing last week President Robert Mugabe’s statements that he could dissolve Parliament and disregard the new constitution currently being formulated by reverting to the current constitution would not force Copac to stop its work.
He said Copac was a creation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) signed by President Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara and they had to respect that agreement.
“As Copac, we are a creature of Article Six of the GPA signed by the President, the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister,” said Mwonzora.
“It is not individual leaders who will tell us as Copac whether the process should go on or not because there is an agreement which was signed and we are prepared to carry this process through.”
Mwonzora said Copac would carry the constitution-making process to its logical conclusion despite comments by political leaders.
Asked by journalists whether any recourse would be taken by Copac against co-chairman Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana concerning allegations that he could have misled the Zanu PF politburo on the missing information, including on the thematic area on land that that could have been the work of a political party trying to erase Zanu PF contributions, Mwonzora said Copac had no disciplinary power over co-chairmen, but over staff.
“The correct way of looking at it is that the people that should seek that recourse are the people injured or those lied to – that is, the people of Zimbabwe. Those are the people who would have the final say.
“If it is proven that the facts were not correct, unfortunately as Copac we have no disciplinary power over co-chairmen because they were appointed by political parties,” Mwonzora said.