Douglas Mwonzora, one of the co-chairpersons of COPAC, said on Monday the Harare violence had forced COPAC officials to agree to suspended indefinitely the out-reach programme while investigations were on to probe the violence.
“COPAC has suspended constitutional outreach meetings indefinitely over weekend violence,’ said Mwonzora.
Paul Munyaradzi Mangwana, the Zanu (PF) co-chairperson, and Edward Mkhosi Ndlovu, the MDC M chairperson, were not immediately available to confirm the suspension of the exercise, which critics say would further delay the writing of a new constitution to replace the present Lancaster House document that has been amended 19 times since 1980.
Mangwana had to make a hasty departure from Mbare on Sunday after known Zanu (PF) political thugs went on the rampage attacking perceived Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters.
COPAC has suspended the consultative exercise for the writing of a new constitution for Zimbabwe after weekend violence which rocked the process in the capital.
According to the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Zanu (PF) agent provocateurs and militia, some allegedly bussed from rural areas, were responsible for the assault of at least five supporters as well as disrupting meetings in and around Harare on Sunday.