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

On the 25 th of january 2012 the drafters produced a

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On the 25 th of January 2012, the Drafters produced a preliminary Draft that also raised a number of controversies. As the arguments related to the conduct of the Drafters boiled over, the Management Committee advised the co-chairs to seize the initiative and work with the Drafters as co-chairs rather than involving every Select Committee member. The co-chairs constituted the Co-chairpersons’ Forum, which was made up of the Co-chairs and one Technical expert per each of the parties as well as one representing the Chiefs. Following a series of meetings in Harare and Bulawayo, the Co-chairs Forum submitted a report which was adopted by the Select Committee and became the fresh instructions to the Drafters. As the Drafting process went on, a series of disagreements in the Select Committee arose. This resulted in a list of ‘Parked Issues’, which included the following: a) The death penalty. b) The Attorney General c) Homosexuality d) Whether to have two Vice Presidents. e) Devolution The Management Committee resolved some of the issues such as the Death penalty and these were factored into the Draft Constitution. Still some disagreements continued to emerge. The Management Committee then seized the momentum and went to Nyanga for a week in the first week of July 2012. In the early hours of the 18 th of July 2012, the Management Committee agreed on the First COPAC Draft Constitution that was then submitted to the political parties for their input. Whilst the MDC parties agreed with the Draft Constitution, ZANU PF raised concerns as the party felt that the Draft Constitution did not capture what the people had said. Specifically, ZANU PF was not happy with following, amongst others: a) The lack of emphasis on the importance and significance of the Liberation struggle in Zimbabwe. b) The issue of dual citizenship. c) No clear prohibition of homosexuality 47 The Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) Report to Parliament, February 2013
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d) The issue of Devolution e) The whittling down of the Executive powers f) The Attorney General versus the National Prosecuting Authority. g) The issue of the Land Commission h) The issue of the Running mate Whilst the other MDC parties preferred the issues raised by ZANUPF to be addressed at the second All Stakeholders Conference, ZANU PF preferred that the issues be addressed before the Conference. Common ground was then reached that the Conference could look into the issues to be raised by the stakeholders. Thus the 18 July 2012 Draft Constitution was taken to the Conference. 6. Second All Stakeholders Conference The Select Committee convened the Second All stakeholders Conference from the 21 st to the 23 rd of October 2012. The terms of reference for the Conference were as follows: a) To receive the Report on the Constitution making process up to the time of the Conference.
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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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