‘Parties must negotiate’

THE stalemate over the latest Copac draft constitution can only be resolved if the MDC formations enter into renegotiation with Zanu PF, civic society has warned.
The constitution-making process has once again hit stormy waters, with Zanu PF demanding wholesale amendments to the draft despite initially indicating it agreed with 97% of the draft’s proposals.
Speaking to the Independent, National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) chairperson Lovemore Madhuku said the whole process was about negotiations and if the MDCs wanted the draft to sail through then renegotiation was the only way out.
“The constitution-making process took three years instead of the planned 18 months because of the negotiations involved, and the fact that only political parties are involved in the process worsens the situation,” said Madhuku.
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights director Irene Petras said: “Regrettably, the operating environment in which the constitution is being drafted remains polarised and repressive and these are the loopholes Zanu PF is manipulating.” — Staff Writer.

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