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New spark in constitution-making process

New spark in constitution-making process


The on-and-off constitution-making process in Zimbabwe has resumed after 
nearly two months of dormancy.

The programme was reignited this week but there are doubts the constitution 
will be in place before the end of the year.

The Constitutional Parliamentary Committee (Copac), the body charged with 
drawing up a new constitution, has failed to meet to set time frames and 
deadlines since its inception in July last year.

Copac failed to meet the deadlines mainly due to financial contraints and 
squabbling between Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF and the Movement for Democratic 
Change (MDC-T) faction of leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

But after almost two months of stalling, Copac resumed the process with a 
two-day training workshop in Harare this week.

The training, attended by about 600 people from political parties and civil 
society bodies, was meant to equip participants with skills to work in 
committees dealing with 17 themes.Participants who attended the workshop 
said discussions centred around the best way of identifying key issues that 
citizens raised in Copac outreach meetings, which ended more than three 
months ago, and placing those issues in a draft constitution.

The Copac outreach process was mired by violence as supporters of Zanu-PF 
and the two MDC fractions fought running battles.

In Mbare, one of Harare’s poorest and oldest townships, one person was 
killed as Zanu-PF and MDC-T supporters clashed when Copac teams moved into 
the suburb to gather and record views from residents.

The process had to be abandoned, but was resuscitated about a month later in 
the presence of heavily armed police.

There were also allegations of political intimidation and coaching of people 
during the outreach process. At one time a laptop containing crucial data 
collected from citizens was reportedly stolen from Copac’s office.

The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, a loose grouping of about 300 civil 
society bodies shadowing the constitution-making process, says it hopes 
Zanu-PF and the two MDC factions will shrug off their differences and 
prioritise the drafting of a new constitution with a bill of rights, which 
is expected to usher in fresh elections.

“The political parties should put aside their differences and prioritise 
national interest, since the process is the road map towards the holding of 
free and fair elections.

“Hence, the process must be given due respect,” the Crisis in Zimbabwe 
Coalition said.



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