paul munyaradzi mangwana 05-10-10.jpgConstitution Parliamentary Committee COPAC Co-Chairperson, Cde Paul Mangwana says for outreach meetings to resume there is need for government to release at least US$ 260 000.  

The meetings which were scheduled for this weekend have been deferred to yet another date to be announced due to inadequate resources.

 

COPAC co-chairperson Cde Paul Mangwana confirmed the development saying the treasury was supposed to release funds for the exercise but this failed and hopes are that the US$260 000 required for the 40 outreach meetings will be released soon.

 

He said his team also engaged the UNDP for funds but nothing came out. Cde Mangwana said the money is needed to pay rappoutuers and for transporting some of them into Harare from other provinces.

 

We are waiting for government to release funds so that we can resume the outreach meetings, the delay in the outreach programmes is also hindering progress as the thematic committees should be sitting down and going through what they gathered from the outreach meetings.

 

The postponement of the outreach programmes is one of the major setbacks that have bedeviled the constitution making process since its inception.

The issue of funds has also been a stumbling block as initially a budget of over  US$42 million was drawn but was later revised downward to around US$8 million after a lukewarm response from the donor community.