Copac co-chairpersons give conflicting reports


Copac co-chairpersons Douglas Mwonzora (MDC-T) and Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana (Zanu PF)’s haggling over the constitution-making process took another turn yesterday with the pair giving conflicting reports over the number of sticking points yet to be resolved.

Mwonzora told NewsDay the parties had failed to agree on three issues while Mangwana said they only differed on one.

“What I can say right now is that the revision of some chapters has been completed and we are to meet the management committee this evening (Monday) to give them feedback,” said Mwonzora.

“We are still debating on the following issues: the dual citizenship act, the death penalty and structure of the devolved government.”

He said the matter had been referred to the Copac management committee.

However, Mangwana said: “We are refining the finer details of the draft. We have also managed to get a solution to the issue with regards to the citizenship act.

Currently, the management committee has not reached an agreement on devolution of power and if all goes well, the draft constitution will be ready for publication by Friday this week.

“The issue of the death penalty has been dealt with and hopefully the management committee will finalise it today. We hope by the end of the day today (yesterday) we shall recall the drafters to finalise the draft document.”

The constitution-making process has been punctuated by quibbling among the parties since 2010.

Last month, President Robert Mugabe said he was not happy with the pace at which the process was going and threatened to push for elections without the new constitution.

MDC-T leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has, on the other hand, insisted elections will only be held after adoption of a new constitution and several other reforms.