|Copac hands over draft constitution to principals|
|Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00|
Sydney Kawadza and Farirai Machivenyika
Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa, who is the Copac management committee co-chairperson, yesterday said each leader from the three parties had been tasked to hand over the final draft to each of the principals.
Cde Chinamasa represents Zanu-PF in the management committee while the MDC-T and MDC formations are represented by secretaries-general Mr Tendai Biti and Mrs Priscilla Misihairambwi-Mushonga respectively.
The Select Committee also announced that the final draft was being translated into various national languages.
“The management committee completed its task yesterday (Wednesday) and the co-chairpersons have presented it to the principals for determination.
Addressing journalists, Copac Select Committee chairpersons said the final draft would soon be available in Zimbabwe’s known languages.
“This draft constitution would be made available to Zimbabweans shortly, we are in the process of translating it into all the known languages of Zimbabwe.”
“We tried to use very simple language, it is as simple as possible, any person who has not been to law school will understand,” he said.
Mr Mwonzora said 2 400 people will attend the stakeholders conference and a committee would work out the selection criteria for participants to the conference.
The three co-chairpersons defended the time it took to complete the draft saying it was difficult to find common ground on issues given the divergent views of the parties involved.
The constitution-making process was supposed to be completed last year, but dragged on while parties to the process disagreed on several issues.
The disagreements which spread over 200 issues raised by the parties threatened to derail the whole process while the MDC formations were also accused of trying to smuggle the issue of homosexuals in the constitution.
Copac was also accused of delaying the process due to the rich pickings involved, leading to calls by President Mugabe that the country would go for elections with or without a new constitution.
Cde Mangwana, however, said their operations were above board and had been audited on six occasions.