The Zanu PF Politburo has expressed concern over delays by those funding the constitution making process in releasing funds that will ensure that the constitution making process is completed in time for the holding of the referendum and elections by mid next year.
Briefing journalists after a Politburo meeting held at the Zanu PF Headquarters in Harare today, the Secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Rugare Gumbo said a report prepared by COPAC Chairperson, Cde Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, indicated that although the COPAC outreach programme was successfully concluded there are delays in the disbursement of funds to conclude the constitution making process that may affect the timeous conclusion of the process.
â€œHe [Cde Mangwana] expressed concern over the funding of COPAC, he [Cde Mangwana] said they just do not have enough resources to move to the next phase of the exercise. He appeals obviously for the party to try to get some money from government,â€ said Cde Gumbo.
Sources say the delay in the disbursement of the funds may be deliberate as some parties are developing cold feet on holding of elections.
â€œHe [Cde Mangwana] also made a chilling revelation that perhaps there is an effort to delaying disbursing money from UNDP and of course it one way of delaying the holding of the referendum andÂ the elections, so the only way they can delay the holding of elections is delaying the successful writing of the constitution,â€ Cde Gumbo said.
The writing of the constitution is expected to be complete by early next year with elections expected in mid 2011 as announced by the Head of State and Government and the Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde Robert Mugabe.