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The COPAC uploading phase has been officially launched, with rapporteurs expected to convert the data collected from the outreach meetings into soft copies within the next 15 days.

Speaking as he officially launched the data uploading phase, Constitutional Affairs Minister, Advocate Eric Matinenga, said the constitution-making process should be a product that every Zimbabwean should be proud of.

“The outreach team has been a success and we want a product that every Zimbabwean can be proud of and relate to.”

COPAC co-chairperson, Cde Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, said too much time has already been lost and there is need for rappotuers to avoid unnecessary delays.

He said: “We were supposed to commence the outreach meetings in 2009 and there were so many delays, we no longer have time to waste.”

Another co-chairperson, Mr. Edward Mukosi, gave an overview of how the constitution-making process began and ended up with more than a million people attending the outreach meetings.

“More than one million people have attended the COPAC meetings countrywide and the outreach meetings have been a huge success,” he said.

For Mr. Douglas Mwonzora, the data collection phase created mutual understanding among people from different political parties.

He said the process also contributed to national healing as people from different political affiliations managed to co-exist.

He commented: “The problems that the rapportuers endured resulted in them forgetting their differences and working as a family.”

The target that has been set for the completion of the data uploading process is the 25th of January, but a week has been set aside in case there are delays.

The COPAC Select committee also revealed that the country can go for a referendum around September this year.