|Zuma to respond on Copac Draft amendments|
|Tuesday, 18 September 2012 00:00|
The Sadc facilitator to the Global Political Agreement and South African leader, Cde Jacob Zuma, is set to respond to the MDC formations on their position on the Zanu-PF proposed amendments to the draft Constitution. He is also set to formally introduce the Sadc technical team to the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) after the regional bloc charged it to assist the organ. In an interview yesterday Ms Lindiwe Zulu, a member of President Zuma’s facilitation team, said President Zuma had received correspondence from the MDC formations regarding their position on proposed amendments by Zanu-PF.
“The facilitator is now studying the letters from both MDCs and he will respond as soon as it is possible. Like anyone who receives a letter, he should respond,” she said. The letters are very specific on what they are challenging. The facilitator is studying them.”
She, however, declined to disclose the nature of the complaints the two formations raised.
Ms Zulu said the facilitation team was optimistic that parties to the GPA would be able to narrow their differences and move forward in the fulfillment of the GPA.
Zanu-PF made amendments to the Copac draft after auditing it against the national report.
The MDC formations rejected the amendments saying a deadlock be declared.
This was, however, not bought by the facilitation team that said they should first communicate their concerns to President Mugabe.
Zanu-PF has since resolved to take the Copac Draft and the National Report to the Second All Stakeholders’ Conference.
On Jomic, Ms Zulu said the Sadc technical team would return to Harare and meet the organ together with the facilitation team.
“They have already been in Zimbabwe before and they need no introduction. They will return to Harare together when the facilitation goes to Zimbabwe.
“We are aware that there are Jomic meetings currently taking place,” she said. The Sadc team comprises Ambassador David Katye from Tanzania and Mrs Colly Muunyu, a diplomat from Zambia.
Initially, the Sadc technical team was to comprise three members but South Africa opted out, saying they had a three-member facilitation team already active in Zimbabwe.