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NCA threatens mass demonstrations


The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) is threatening to mobilise and hold mass demonstrations if the inclusive government fails to disband Copac because it has reportedly failed to address key issues.

The warning comes at a time the constitution-drafting process has been derailed by political haggling among the three political parties in the inclusive government bent on forwarding party positions.

The NCA, a long-time critic of the Copac-led process, said the inclusive government should realise the parliamentary body would not produce a supreme law desirable to all, and the sooner it is disbanded the better.

Yesterday, NCA spokesperson Maddock Chivasa said: We would like to warn government against its continuous arrogance and false pretence that all is well in Copac.

As NCA, we want the current government to come out clear admitting that Copac has failed and disband it as a matter of urgency.

Failure to do so will soon attract massive demonstrations against the current government organised by the NCA. We urge all Zimbabweans to reject Copac as a confused group of politicians that has exhibited a clear lack of understanding that constitutions are made by and for the people.

Chivasa added: As NCA, we urge the government to establish an independent commission which should be mandated to collect peoples views to be included in the constitution.

The NCA said Copac should explain to the public reasons for the delay in producing the new constitution that was expected within 18 months.

The constitution-making process has faced various impediments since the process began, but is currently at the drafting stage.

It is then scheduled to go for the Second All-Stakeholders Conference, then to Parliament, and referendum. Should the people vote Yes, it then becomes the new constitution of Zimbabwe.

There was drama at a recent Press briefing at the Copac offices when a group of war veterans hijacked the proceedings and insulted co-chairpersons Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana (Zanu PF), Douglas Mwonzora (MDC-T) and Edward Mkhosi (MDC), describing them as thieves and ignorant people who will not achieve anything meaningful.

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