|Politburo okays 97% of the Copac draft|
|Saturday, 28 July 2012 17:20|
The Zanu PF Politburo has endorsed 97% of the content in the draft constitution while the remaining issues that the party has not agreed on will be referred back to the Copac Management Committee.
Politburo Member and Zanu PF lead negotiator, Cde Patrick Chinamasa told ZBC News that the party deliberated intensively on the contents of the draft constitution after realising the need to harmonise and re-align the draft with the people’s views.
Cde Chinamasa also expressed satisfaction with the discussions and revealed that 97% of the draft’s contents were endorsed by the Politburo.
He said Zanu PF is expected to come up with a final position and feedback for the Copac Management Committee by next Wednesday on the remaining 3% of the sticking issues.
“Concern was to see if the draft was in harmony with the people’s views, the whole thrust is to try to re-align the draft with the people….,” said Cde Chinamasa.
Some of the sticking issues in the draft constitution that Zanu PF wants redressed include:
-Lack of recognition in the draft that the country was born after a protracted liberation war,
-The appointment of provincial governors,
-Consultation of parliament in the deployment of security forces by the President,
-The splitting of the Attorney General’s Office, and
-The question of whether Vice Presidents should be elected through elections or be appointed by the sitting President.