paul munyaradzi mangwana 05-10-10.jpgIt has emerged that the Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) gave half instructions to the three drafters who then decided to write the draft constitution from their own personal opinions and experiences from other countries.

There are revelations that COPAC, which has the sole responsibility of coming up with a credible and people-driven constitution allegedly gave mixed and incomplete instructions to the three drafters who then began drafting the supreme law without using the correct views of the majority.

COPAC co-chairperson, Cde Paul Mangwana, confirmed that they erred in that regard as they gave incomplete instructions while their technical team was still working on some sections of the constitution.

Co-chairperson Mr Douglas Mwonzora was quick to defend their actions saying the criticism coming from various quarters is unfair as they are doing well.

Meanwhile, the National Constitutional Assembly has called on the inclusive government to disband COPAC saying it has totally failed to come up with a constitution that represents the views of all the people.

NCA Chairperson, Dr Lovemore Madhuku, said the outreach programme was a waste of time if drafters are not getting pointers from what the majority said.

Since the beginning of the drafting of the new constitution, the whole process has been dogged with chaos and the drafting stage will have to be stopped following revelations that what the people said has since been ignored by the three drafters.

This has attracted the wrath of various stakeholders accusing COPAC of departing from their mandate of coming up with a people-driven constitution.

Major sticking points have been the issue of the inclusion of gay rights and the land with the MDC-T being accused of trying to smuggle foreign practises whilst sidelining the views of the majority.