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This emerged after Copac, which is deadlocked on issues  such as devolution, structure of government and dual citizenship, referred these matters to the party negotiators.

MDC party negotiator Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga (pictured) said yesterday reports principals had given Copac until next week to submit a completed draft constitution were misleading.

“We are reading this in the press but as Copac our position is that we are under no obligation to hand over the draft to the principals,” she said.
“After we complete the drafting process we are to hand it over to our party presidents because in as far as we know this is a party process so there is no need for deadlines from the so-called principals,” she said.

Her MDC-T counterpart, Elton Mangoma concurred saying: “Copac has no mandate to submit the draft to the principals but we submit to our party presidents”.
The team has met three times without reaching an agreement on the contentious issues and hopes a compromise could be reached in the fourth meeting on Monday.

“We have met three times over these issues, including the death penalty that parties concluded last month and we hope the Monday meeting will bring positive results and put the issue of the constitution to bed,” Mushonga said.

“I have received the incomplete draft constitution and we are to meet as the negotiators to try and solve the deadlock on the three parked issues,” she added.

The three Copac co-chairpersons, Douglas Mwonzora of MDC-T, Edward Mkhosi from the MDC-N and Zanu PF’s Paul Mangwana all confirmed that a draft had been completed without the three contentious issues.

“We have completed the draft constitution without the three parked issues and these have been handed to the management committee to come up with a final solution,” he said.

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