mwonzorad.jpgThe Constitution Select Committee says non-governmental organizations that are against the constitution making process have no business monitoring any activities relating to the programme as they have a completely different agenda.


Addressing the media on the latest developments with regards to the consultative stage of the constitution making process, COPAC chairpersons said while they are willing to work with progressive non-governmental organizations, while those civic organizations who have an agenda to disrupt the process are not welcome.


Co-chairperson, Mr. Douglas Mwonzora condemned actions by civic organizations such as the National Constitutional Assembly led by Lovemore Madhuku, which he said is trying to sabotage the whole process.


“There are some observers from the non-governmental organizations who were arrested in Manicaland because they were not accredited to do so. However there are certain civic organizations such as the NCA which are against the whole process and why should they monitor a programme they are against?” asked Mwonzora.


paulm copac.jpgCde Paul Mangwana said political parties are free to canvass positions they want to be articulated in the new constitution.

“We have certain party positions that we want to be included in the new constitution so any party of organization has the right to canvass for those positions. There is nothing wrong with that,” he said.


Other issues discussed at the media briefing included the low attendance registered at outreach meetings in Matabeleland North province while in some areas many people attended the consultations.