COPAC's Final Narrative Report to Parliament - Feb 2013.doc

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The report formed the basis for fresh instructions to the Drafters. A First Draft was then produced at the end of April 2012. After receipt of comments from political parties the Select Committee sat to interrogate same and produced a document on agreed and disagreed issues. This document was referred to the Management Committee. 17 The Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) Report to Parliament, February 2013
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Mr. Speaker Sir, during the course of drafting, disagreements emerged on issues relating to Dual citizenship, Devolution, Attorney General, the Executive and the National Prosecution Authority. These matters were referred to the Management Committee for resolution. The Management Committee then met in May, June and July 2012 to deliberate on the First Draft Constitution and the parked issues. The Management Committee discussions resulted in the COPAC Draft of the 18 th of July 2012. The Select Committee formally adopted this Draft Constitution on the 21 st of July 2012. This is the Draft Constitution that was then taken to the second All Stakeholders Conference in October 2012. 18. The Second All Stakeholders Conference The Select Committee convened the Second All Stakeholders Conference at the Harare International Conference centre from the 21 st to the 23 rd of October 2012. The conference which was attended by 1 400 delegates had the following terms of reference: a) To receive the Report on the Constitution making process up to the time of the Conference. b) To receive the Draft Constitution from the Select Committee. c) To receive comments and recommendations on the Draft Constitution from the Stakeholders. d) The Select Committee to take note of the comments and recommendations. e) The Select Committee to compile a report for its own use. The Opening Session of the Second All Stakeholders’ Conference was officially opened by His Excellency, The President R. G. Mugabe, The Right Hon. Prime Minister M. R. Tsvangirayi and Deputy Prime Minister A. G. O. Mutambara. The Conference report outlined the following: a) Areas where no changes were recommended to the Draft b) Areas where recommendations for change to the Draft were made (and not indicated whether agreed or disagreed ) c) Areas where recommendations or changes to the Draft were recommended and disagreed Under item (b), the Select Committee agreed on taking some recommendations proposed as well as dismissing others considered inappropriate. It is on areas covered under (c) as detailed in the report of the conference that challenges on how to proceed arose. 19. The Committee of Seven 18 The Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) Report to Parliament, February 2013
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Noting the impasse that had arisen on how to proceed with the areas that had not been agreed upon during the Conference, the Principals to the Global Political Agreement established a Committee of Seven on the 25 th of November 2012 to try to unlock the deadlock. The committee consisted of three Cabinet Ministers, one from each of the parties to the Global
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  • Fall '17
  • Jane Moore
  • ........., Parliament of the United Kingdom, The Honourable, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, The Right Honourable, Constitution Select Committee

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