ZBC analysts, constitution drafters come under fire

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Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) political and social analysts Jonathan Moyo, Claude Mararike, Tafataona Mahoso, Vimbai Chivaura and Isheunesu Mupepereki were on Thursday lambasted by Copac co-chairman Douglas Mwonzora, who labelled them unfit to be constitutional analysts.

Mwonzora told a public meeting on the constitution-making process in Harare, organised by the Mass Public Opinion Institute and Crisis Coalition, that the State broadcasters use of the five as constitutional analysts was irresponsible as none of them were experts in constitutional issues.

He described the move to use the five in analysing the constitution as choosing a hammer to do the work of a shovel.

When ZBC chooses constitutional analysts, it takes people who masquerade as experts in the constitution-making processes, yet some of them have qualifications in agriculture, arts and other disciplines, said Mwonzora.

We have Moyo who studied political science, Mararike who has a degree in arts, Mahoso who did journalism, Chivaura who has a degree in English and Mupepereki who studied something to do with agriculture and these are the people who are taken as experts to analyse the constitution for the people of Zimbabwe, he said.

National Constitutional Assembly chairman Lovemore Madhuku also took the opportunity to criticise Copac constitution drafters.

The three Justice Moses Chinhengo, Brian Crozier and Priscilla Chidzonga are not specialists in constitution drafting; they are simply lawyers who cannot appreciate where the constitution is coming or going, Madhuku said.

He continued: They were supposed to be editors for the constitution and you cannot expect Crozier to draft a constitution he is only good as a legislation drafter . . . They are not competent people, the constitution is a special document and that is why Copac keeps changing a lot of things.

The swipe on the three Copac drafters comes at a time when Zanu PF is spearheading a campaign to try and have them removed.

Zanu PF Copac co-chairman Paul Munyaradzi Mangwana said they were doing a shoddy job.
Even if I did recommend them in the first place, if someone does a shoddy job I should be able to fire them, said Mangwana.

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