The new draft governance charter for Zimbabwe will be completed by this week, Copac co-chairperson Douglas Mwonzora (MDC-T) told journalists last week.
Mwonzora made the remarks during a media briefing at MDC-T headquarters, Harvest House, where he said his party position on elections was that there should be a clear roadmap, a new constitution and that there should be an end to ‘state sponsored violence’.
“Elections must come after a roadmap and the constitution must be complete. We are happy to announce that we will be done with the draft constitution by Tuesday or Wednesday (April 10th or 11th) because right now we have finished the finalisation of 12 out of 17 chapters,” said Mwonzora.
“Two chapters have been merged together because both of them were dealing with the issue of devolution of power, and these were chapter five and chapter 14.”
Mwonzora said chapter five dealt with principles of devolution pertaining to objects and tiers of the devolved government with emphasis on what the state structures would look like in the future.
“Chapter 14 was dealing with the structure of the devolved government and how the provincial government will be erected and who would constitute the provincial government and how people would be chosen,” he said.
Recently, the MDC-T, Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn led by former Finance minister Simba Makoni and Zapu-led by Dumiso Dabengwa agreed thatdevolution of power and dual citizenship should be included in the new constitution, strongly opposing the Zanu PF stance that they should not be included.
He said devolution was no longer a parked issue as it was going to be included in the new constitution.
“We have not parked the issue of devolution of power — it will be in the new constitution. There will be provincial governments in accordance with the wishes of the people,” he said.