copac 2.jpgAccreditation of members of the constitution outreach teams has commenced.  
The constitution-making outreach process commenced on Monday with officials from 7 out of the 10 provinces being accredited at designated points. 




In an interview with ZBCNews, co-chairmen of the Parliamentary Select Committee, Mr Douglas Mwonzora and cde Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana said deployment of the accreditation machinery has been done and the accreditation process kicked off in the afternoon. 


However accreditation in three provinces – Matebeleland South, Matebeleland North and Bulawayo - is expected to commence on Tuesday due to logistical challenges.


When a ZBCNews crew visited COPAC offices in Harare, some members drawn from the Parliamentary Select Committee were still busy conducting interviews for camera persons who will be recording the proceedings during the 88-day consultation period.


The outreach programme is expected to start in urban, spreading to peri-urban and then accessible to rural areas before  going to the remote areas.


The programme was launched in the capital last Wednesday, with the three leaders in the Global Political Agreement, the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe, the premier, Mr Morgan Tsvangirayi and Deputy Prime Minister, Professor Arthur Mutambara, all calling for peace, tolerance and unity of purpose during the process.

After the consultations, a document will be drafted and presented to the people in a referendum to allow Zimbabweans to express their opinions.


If accepted, the draft supreme law will become Zimbabwe’s new constitution, replacing the Lancaster House constitution which has been amended 19 times.