Copac reaches another deadlock

THE constitution-making process reached another dead end yesterday after the Copac Management Committee failed to agree on what to do with the draft constitution and the report of the Second All-Stakeholders’ Conference.

Report by Everson Mushava

Zanu PF wanted the draft constitution and the report to be presented to the principals and open up new negotiations on disagreed issues, while the two MDCs wanted it to be sent to Parliament for deliberation.

The management committee comprises Global Political Agreement (GPA) negotiators from the three political parties in the inclusive government.

Zanu PF was represented by Justice and Legal Affairs minister Patrick Chinamasa and Copac co-chair Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana while co-chair Douglas Mwonzora and Energy minister Elton Mangoma represented Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party.

Regional Integration minister Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, National Reconciliation co-minister Moses Mzila-Ndlovu and Copac co-chair Edward Mkosi represented the MDC led by Welshman Ncube.

Mangwana confirmed the deadlock, saying: “We are saying there is no agreement in all areas and the draft should be sent to principals for negotiation on disagreed issues. Our colleagues (the MDCs) want the draft and report to go to Parliament with those grey issues.”

Misihairabwi-Mushonga said Article 6 of the GPA did not recognise principals in the constitution-making process since they were already represented by the management committee.

“Copac has produced a draft and should be taken to Parliament together with the report of the conference while we prepare for a referendum,” she said.

“Zanu PF wants the principals to control the process and we said NO.”
Mwonzora also said the constitution-making process was a parliamentary process and each party would have to consult its leadership to find a way forward.

Officially opening Parliament last month, President Robert Mugabe said the principals were now in charge of the process which should lead to elections, although his fiercest rival, Tsvangirai, said he had no intention to take over the process which he said was driven by Parliament.

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23 Responses to Copac reaches another deadlock

  1. Mbonisi November 13, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Gukurahundis always find it difficult to play by the rules. They have a mountain to climb selling their position on Principals and the constitution to SADC.

    MDCs are on the right track – hold tight. The GPA is on your side!!

  2. davison November 13, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    um surprised that zanu pf is conspiring to show the whole world that they are nolonger in charge.they ar alwys raising isues they know they wil not win much to their started wth 2010 election agnst all odds,they lost,they said 2011,they faild,they said 2012,they lost agn.they als said no to the draft constitution,all stekholders confrence,they they ar sayin principals nd electns in march wch they wl lose agn.why cnt they b realistic nd shut the hel up than xposing their toothlesnes

    • Lance November 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

      Of course they will make another big U-turn. Remember Chinamasa wants to appear holier than thou after all the embarrassment so far!

  3. braaichat November 13, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    problem is zanu pf thinks it is still the ruling party. obviously daydreaming. gpa is clear on the next step : parliament . there should be no usurpation of powers . people want the rule of law . that is what the people want.

  4. SILVERSTONE November 13, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Stick to article 6 guys.No principal is allowed to disobey the people’s voices.Well done MDCs

  5. John weku Mabvuku November 13, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    We seem to lose focus on the constitution, the parties seem to assume they are representative of all including generations to come, why negotiate? why parliament when the people spoke, why arbitration? Its the battle for political power all over again, not constitution making. We are a very long way off.

  6. Lance November 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    Imi vemapepanhau taurirai vanhu kuti Article 6 of the GPA inoti kudii mhani! Don’t publish hanging articles. You are failing just like the state owned papers to execute your basic mandate – to inform the populace zvazviri!

  7. the owners of land (BaTonga) November 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    ndo chavaka dzingira chindori chininga bcoz iye ataura chokwadi, vana Mangwana they tell lies both to their bosses and to those who listen zbc.zanu ichina punch ,the poer they have is derived from the gun(police & army)

  8. abbie makiwa November 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Article 6 should be taken into account vakomana.Lets be serious and avoid pleasing few individuals.

  9. MUSHONA November 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    NO TO PRICIPLES TAKING OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  10. saint November 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    mugabe and his acolytes are trying every trick to scuttle a well done piece of work and cause despondency among the citizenry. they know negotiating certain sections will obviously entail a process driven by individuals as opposed to -people driven. next thing, the electorate will vote NO. much to zpf’s wish. No pliz, article6 is law.stand yo groung firm MDCs. to hell with lawlessness and forgery.

    • alena November 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

      stick to article 6 only no any other means

      • Article 6 November 13, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

        Article 6 only please.

  11. mdunga November 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    Parliament is the only way prescribed by article 6, stick to that bafowethu.

  12. mwanawevhu November 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    maelection with or without this deviated thing

    • muvhitori November 14, 2012 at 6:03 am #

      mwanawevhu explain your confunsion

  13. gid November 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    to hell with principals stick to article 6 FULL STOP.

  14. munhu one kwete November 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Vakomana nevasikana taneta, unzai draft kuvanhu timbotaurawo. MaPrincipals kwete.

  15. nomu November 13, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    Kusanyara kwenyu mese, its what the people said only not wat the Parliament is going to vote for. We voted already when we spoke and you still have what we said. Why take it there when its not from the people. Ngaimbonomakwa nePrincipals

  16. Ndabazezwe Viki November 14, 2012 at 5:33 am #

    The Principals are not the people’s representatives Nomu given that two of them were catapulted to the positions they hold by the GPA after they were rejected by the people.Let the draft and the report go to parliament where Zimbabweans have a legal representation.At 89 Mugabe is grossly incapacited to preside over issues of national importance and it is agaist this background that we call upon all dynamic and democratic forces to resist Zanu PF’s absurdity.

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