|Deadlock over Copac conference report|
|Tuesday, 13 November 2012 00:00|
Sydney Kawadza Assistant News Editor
the Second All-Stakeholders’ Conference Report.
However, parties to the GPA once again reached a deadlock on whether to take the report to the principals or to Parliament for debate before the referendum.
“We met to receive the Copac Select committee report on the Second All- Stakeholders’ Conference.”
The Justice and Legal Affairs minister said the meeting reviewed five parts of the report. The meeting looked at the overview of the constitution-making process, proceedings of the Second All-Stakeholders’ Conference and areas where no changes were recommended to the draft. The meeting also reviewed areas
where recommendations for change to the draft were made.
“Zanu-PF wants to submit the report to the principals for a way forward and how areas of disagreement could be reconciled. The management committee is not a GPA creature and we need to take the report to the principals for a way forward,” he said.
“The MDC formations believe comments and reviews from the all stakeholders meeting are irrelevant and the Copac draft should go as is to Parliament,” he said.
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Cde Chinamasa said Zanu-PF would stick to its resolution.
MDC negotiator Mrs Priscilla Misihairambwi-Mushonga also confirmed the stalemate.
Mrs Misihairabwi-Mushonga said the parties could be forced to call in the Sadc facilitator and troika chairperson.
“We are not open to negotiations and we want to take the draft and report to Parliament and let the people decide whether they like it or not,” she said.
The meeting was attended by Cde Chinamasa and Cde Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana for Zanu-PF, Mrs Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga (MDC) and Mr Elton Mangoma and Mr Mwonzora for the MDC-T.
The Constitution-making process has been dogged by several hitches with Zanu-PF insisting on including the people’s views received during the outreach programme.
The report submitted for guidance to the management committee last week omitted information on the background to the conference as well as President Mugabe’s speech among other issues.
Copac had also omitted explanatory notes on the various figures in the report and narratives by the chairpersons made at the conference.
The delegates made recommendations for amendments.