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Copac Agrees on Outsatnding Issues

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

The select committee writing the country’s new constitution Monday agreed on all the outstanding issue that have been stalling the process and is now expecting the drafters to finalize and prepare for the second draft.

The committee, which met in Harare to discuss recommendations from the three political parties in the inclusive government, agreed that the issue of dual citizenship remains unbanned in the country as is with the current constitution.

They also agreed that there should be 25 cabinet ministers with the president using his executive powers to pick five of them from outside parliament.

On the issue of the death penalty, it was agreed, that it will only be used in serious offences like aggravated murder, while on the issue of devolution of power they agreed that governors will be elected by an electoral college.

Select committee co-chairman Douglas Mwonzora of the Tsvangirai MDC formation said drafters were now expected to resume work Tuesday so that they finish the document before they start developing a second draft of the constitution.

But National Constitutional Assembly chairperson and University of Zimbabwe lecturer Lovemore Madhuku said it was a waste of time and resources to expect something positive coming out of the whole government-led process.

Madhuku told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that his assembly was ready to campaign against the document.