munyaradzi paul mangwana 31-10-10 ed.jpgCOPAC says the uploading phase which began on the 10th of January is progressing well, with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) making efforts to source more funds for the smooth completion of the process.

Updating the nation on the developments surrounding the constitution making process and the availability of resources for the completion of the process, COPAC co-chairperson, Cde Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana said the UNDP is currently making efforts to source financial resources following the failure by the donor community to avail more funds for the conclusion for the drafting of the supreme law of the land.

He noted that COPAC is engaging the treasury to avail funds so that the agreed timelines for the completion of the crafting of the constitution are met.

“We are currently engaging the government to release funding to complete the constitution making process as the budget we had prepared tothe tune of US$21 million saw donors failing to commit more funds,” said Cde Mangwana.

COPAC member who is also the Deputy Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Ms Jessy Majome said the uploading of the collected data into one special server is progressing well with all the members of the three political parties working well with one common goal of coming up with a people driven constitution.

“The uploading process is progressing well and I would like to inform the nation that the members are working well despite being members from various political parties,” Ms Majome said.

COPAC requires US$8 million to finance the remaining phase of the writing of the constitution although Finance Minister, Tendai Biti allocated US$1 million under the 2011 National Budget.

COPAC is counting on government and donors to provide more money so that a draft constitution could be ready in two and a half months.

The draft constitution will then be put before a referendum where the public will either accept or reject it.