|Draft Constitution referred back to select committee|
|Wednesday, 02 May 2012 00:00|
Lloyd Gumbo Herald Reporter
This comes amid reports that the Copac draft contained several ‘‘parked issues’’ even where people made their preferences clear.
Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Eric Matinenga.
“The management committee sent back the draft to Copac for the attention of not only the co-chairs, but the entire select committee as its contents did not reflect the views of the people,” said a source.
“The document has not been referred back to the Select Committee, but we asked parties so that they can make their comments.
The Zanu-PF and MDC component of the management committee could not be reached for comment at the time of going to press.
On Monday, Copac co-chairpersons said they had made “major strides” on dual citizenship where they agreed that an Act of Parliament will allow or prohibit dual citizenship.This is despite the fact that the National Report makes it clear that dual citizenship was shot down by the majority. There was also no agreement on devolution, even though in the National Report, the majority view is for a unitary State.
Copac sources have since said the draft was not different from the one that sparked outrage when we published it two months ago.
GPA principals have ordered the management committee to submit the draft this week.
Some political analysts have said neither the Select Committee nor the Management Committee has the mandate to divert from what was said by the people.
Stakeholders have accused Copac of turning the process into a money-spinning venture.