copac gathering 5.jpgMai Musodzi Hall in Mbare, which was the scene of violence during the aborted meetings in September, was calm, with residents participating fully in the consultative stage of the constitution-making process.


COPAC co-Chairperson, Cde Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, said there were no reports of violence as political parties instilled discipline amongst their supporters ahead of the exercise, making it possible for the management team to proceed now to the next stage which is the collation and analysis of the gathered data.


munyaradzi paul mangwana 31-10-10 ed.jpg“The management team is now ready for the second stage of the constitution-making process, which is the collation and analysis of the data aNd requires about US$8m.


“The donor community has so far committed US$6 million, whilst negotiations are underway with the treasury for the difference,” said Cde Mangwana.


The other co-Chairperson, Mr Doglous Mwonzora, confirmed the peace that prevailed at all outreach centres in the capital.


“We are happy that the law and order section is very active and there is peace and people are able to express their views freely,” he said.


He paid tribute to the Zimbabwe Republic Police for increasing its presence at all the centres.douglas mwonzora 31-10-10.jpg


Residents of Hatcliffe, Greystone Park and Mbare who spoke to Zbc News said they were satisfied with the meetings as they got an opportunity to air their views on the issue of women’s rights, the land and other critical areas that affect national development.


“We got an opportunity to peacefully air our views on what we want included in the new constitution,” said one resident.


Meetings at 52 scheduled places in the capital were successfully completed over the weekend without any problems.


The meetings were originally scheduled for September but were aborted when violence rocked the venues for the consultations in Mbare and Budiriro.