Abandoned Constitution Meetings Resume Next Week

The meetings will be held on October 16 and 17, the Constitution Select Committee (Copac) told journalists in Harare.

Copac co-chair Paul Mangwana called on the political parties to urge their supporters to desist from engaging in violence and the police to stop supporters of political parties from being bused from other areas.

“We shall be carrying out outreach in the disputed wards in Harare and those which have not been done in Harare. Currently we have penciled this outreach to take place 16th and 17th of October,”Mangwana said at the press briefing.

“The political parties will publicly and in writing in a document signed by their secretary generals they should denounce violence, intimidation, racism and other malpractices during the outreach programme.”

Mangwana said police and the co-Ministers of Home Affairs, Theresa Makone and Kembo Mohadi must ensure that this time the constitutional meetings must be held peacefully.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police, through the Co-Ministers of Home Affairs and the Commissioner General of police, is hereby called upon to ensure that mechanisms are put in place for the effective maintenance of law and order during the outreach programme,” Mangwana said.

“The outreach programme is not a process of political contestation. We simply are here to obtain the views of the people, there should not winner or loser in the process.”

Zimbabwe is set to write a new charter that will bring new elections following the formation of the unity government of President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara.