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Copac meeting resumes on Monday


Copac will on Monday meet to resume producing reports views gathered by the outreach teams countrywide.

The process was briefly stalled following disagreements between the three political parties in the inclusive government.

Co-chairperson Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana (Zanu PF) said the management committee had resolved their differences and teams had been recalled to commence the production of reports from August 1.

He was speaking at the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) annual congress on Wednesday.

“The production of reports was delayed due to disagreements over the form they were to take. The select committee considered the template to be used by thematic committees to produce district reports,” he said.

Mangwana said the select committee was unable to compile the district and provincial reports after they failed to reach a common position.

“Two divergent views emerged during these discussions. The first view is that the preponderance of views should be considered. The second is that the number of times an issue is raised is irrelevant. In other words each view is given equal status,” Mangwana said.

Copac’s management committee comprises six Global Political Agreement negotiators, Tendai Biti and Elton Mangoma (MDC-T), Patrick Chinamasa and Nicholas Goche (Zanu PF) and Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga and Moses Mzila-Ndlovu (MDC).

Copac’s three co-chairpersons, Mangwana, Douglas Mwonzora (MDC-T) and Edward Mkhosi (MDC), are also part of the committee.

The process suffered a body blow last month after it was abandoned for the umpteenth time following differences over the methodology to be used in compiling the reports as well as the recruitment of drafters.

The MDC-T supported the use of qualitative method as it argued numbers were not important but the quality of submissions made by the public during the outreach.

Zanu PF, which vigorously mobilised supporters to push its agenda in the outreach programmes held countrywide to get people’s input for a new constitution, has been pushing for quantitative methods of compiling reports because of the dominance of its views during the outreach programme.

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