The nation may have to wait a little longer for a new constitution following revelations that the COPAC teams have tempered with vital information during the uploading and verification process in the past 2 weeks.
This came out during the Zanu PF Politburo meeting held in Harare this Wednesday to take stock of progress made in adopting resolutions made at the Mutare National Peopleâ€™s Conference.
The partyâ€™s Secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Rugare Gumbo said the Politburo was shocked when COPAC co-chairman, Cde Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, informed the party of the disappearance of vital information gathered during the outreach programme particularly issues to do with land and national resources, which Zanu PF solidly supports.
“Cde Mangwana generally stressed to us that the uploading process and analysis is going on very well, but they ran into a technical hitch where some of the material which should have been in the server was not there, particularly on the land issue, there were only questions but no answers,” said Cde Gumbo.
Cde Gumbo told ZBC News that top on the agenda was the partyâ€™s preparedness ahead of the general elections, COPAC update, the anti-sanctions campaign and intensification of the indigenisation and empowerment drive.
He said the Politburo also revealed that the party members should shun electioneering and rally behind both sitting senators and the House of Assembly Members, noting that support for shadow MPs in areas dominated by MDC formations was vital until the partyâ€™s First Secretary and President, Cde Robert Mugabe declares the election time.
“The announcement hasn’t been made when primaries are going to start. The rules have not been worked out, the Political Commissar advised us that he is working on the rules, so until those rules have been put in place there is no need for people to jump the gun,” Cde Gumbo said.
This weekâ€™s Politburo came at a time when the 2 year time frame for the inclusive government comes to an end mid next month.
The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Mugabe, has already indicated the possibility of electios even in the absence of the new constitution.
As a way forward to guard against further damage to the constitution making process, Zanu PF will rely on original copies used during the outreach programmes.