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COPAC Taken to Court Again Over Draft Constitution

Zanu PF-aligned Danny Musukuma has for the second time filed an urgent application at the High Court, this time seeking to stop the Constitution Parliamentary Committee (COPAC), from sending the draft constitution to parliament.

Musukuma is also demanding that the Second All Stakeholders’ Conference has to be redone, arguing that the people at the conference answered questions but did not know what they were doing.

In his papers to the High Court filed Monday, Musukuma, who claims to represent millions of Zimbabweans, cited all three COPAC co-chairs and those who are in the management committee as the respondents, but left out Constitution and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Eric Matinenga.

In October, Musukuma took the constitution-making committee to court seeking to stop the holding of the Second All Stakeholders’ Conference, but he lost the bid.

He later tried to register to attend the conference as a Zanu PF delegate but was snubbed by COPAC.

VOA Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri reached Zanu PF COPAC co-chairman, Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, who declined to comment saying the matter is already before the courts.

But co-chairman Douglas Mwonzora of the Movement for Democratic Change formation led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said that Musukuma was being used by some in Zanu PF to oppose the new constitution process.
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