Constitution Watch 03-2013


Process Update

[6th February 2013]


The narrative report on the constitution-making process is attached [unzipped version on request from].  Veritas has permission to distributed this long awaited report.  The draft constitution made available to Parliament has already been distributed by Veritas.  [For new subscribers copies available on request]

COPAC Narrative Report and Draft Constitution Presented to Parliament

When Parliament reassembled yesterday, Tuesday 5th February:

·        copies of COPAC’s Report on the constitution-making process and copies of the final draft constitution were distributed to all members; and

·        notice was given that today, 6th February, identical motions would be proposed, in both the House of Assembly and the Senate, in the following terms:

“That this House:

COGNIZANT of the fact that Article 6 of the Global Political Agreement provides that there shall be set  up a Select Committee of Parliament to spearhead the drafting of a people-driven constitution;

ACKNOWLEDGING that the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders on the 12th April, 2009, did set up a Committee known as the Constitution Parliamentary Select Committee [COPAC];

REALISING that the said Committee did undertake and complete drafting the new Constitution of Zimbabwe as provided for in the terms of Article 6 of the Global Political Agreement;

MINDFUL of the fact that Article 6 of the Global Political Agreement further provides that COPAC must table the Report and draft Constitution of Zimbabwe before this Honourable House;

NOW, THEREFORE, ADOPTS the Report of the Parliamentary Select Committee on the progress and outcome of the constitution-making process; and

NOTES the draft Constitution of Zimbabwe tabled before it.”

The House of Assembly motion was in the names of COPAC co-chairs Douglas Mwonzora  of MDC-T and Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana of ZANU-PF, and the Senate motion in the name of COPAC member Senator Tokhozile Mathuthu of ZANU-PF and COPAC Deputy Co-chair Senator Believe Gaule of MDC.  This signified the commitment of all three GPA parties to the Report and the final draft.       

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