ZANU PF blamed for latest COPAC deadlock

Douglas Mwonzora believes the MDC formations have ‘done their work,’ and the onus is now on ‘ZANU PF to do theirs.’

By Tichaona Sibanda
14 December 2012

Representatives from the MDC formations have blamed ZANU PF’s ‘intransigence’ for the latest constitutional deadlock.

Robert Mugabe’s party stands accused of revisiting issues already agreed to by all parties. The latest deadlock after Thursday’s management committee meeting stemmed from differences to do with devolution, the national prosecuting authority, the truth and reconciliation commission and the land commission.

Analysts say it is not possible to resolve the differences and it is high time the doors were opened for others ‘to come in and diffuse the deadlock.’

Douglas Mwonzora, the COPAC co-chairperson, believes the MDC formations have ‘done their work,’ and the onus is now on ‘ZANU PF to do theirs.’ Mwonzora said it is deeply frustrating that a lot of time has been wasted on talks, yet the deadlock keeps creeping back on the table.

Dewa Mavhinga, a policy and research director with the newly formed Zimbabwe Democracy Institute, said it will be a monumental disaster if COPAC failed to deliver a new constitution to the people of Zimbabwe.

‘If you look at the differences between the sides, they are not that huge and certainly not insurmountable. There are bigger issues to worry about than certain provisions in the constitution, like lack of reforms to the security apparatus,’ Mavhinga said.

The country’s constitution-making process has taken over three years and the exercise has just been a battleground in the endless war between ZANU PF and the MDC formations.

Most of the issues in the draft were tackled during the three years of crafting the charter, but ZANU PF intends to undertake a fresh audit to the process. An analyst said such an exercise would amount to ‘reinventing the will of the people’ after they submitted their wishes during the outreach process.

Mavhinga insisted that such an endeavour would add no value to the exhaustive constitutional making process.

He said one way of breaking the deadlock may be to bring a wide range of different expert groups together for a constructive public dialogue, adding that there was a need to suppress partisan interests in favour of the overarching goal to write a new national constitution.

Others believe the deadlock over the constitution can only be broken by regional leaders who brokered the coalition, after the disputed and violent elections in 2008.



5 Responsesto “ZANU PF blamed for latest COPAC deadlock”

  1. Yepec says:

    Wilbert Mukori, here is an example of the executive powers of the President of Zimbabwe in play under the Lancaster House Constitution, the President of the Republic has a final word on everything. At the Second All Stakesholders Conference, Mugabe said the Principals have the final say in the Draft before it goes to Parliament then the Referendum.

    Matinenga, Mwonzora, his MDC-N co-Chairmen of Copac and Ncube opposed those utterances and said this was a Parliament issue and the Principals have no say in it and right they were. The MDC formations declared a deadlock and sent that statement to the facilitator (Zuma), but who is the Chairman of the leaner Copac Committee and who appointed Party representatives to it? Where is the agreed Draft to go after it (Committee), has resolved the differences? Remember the 266 Zanu Politiburo amendments? Why a Copac Committee at all?

    Just thought that it might be a good opportunity to point out how the executive powers work as long as one is operating under the Lancaster House Constitution, in which they are embedded (imperial powers reside). The Copac Draft has not yet been passed in a Referendum and so the country (Zimbabwe), is operating under the current Constitution of the country which is the Lancaster House Constitution.

    I am not running an argument with you on the Copac Draft but just wanted you to note the imperial powers at work. ‘Vakuru vakati munhu anotandanisana nemakore ari mudenga, anofambiswa nemhepo yaasingazive kuti irikuenda kupi, ibenzi kana kuti murwere”.

    • david taylor says:

      Yepec -

      I am not trying to be obstructive, but what is the significance of what you are saying here.

      Apologies, I have not been following your dialogue with Wilbert, but am interested am trying to work out the significance of your point.

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      Vazungu vakakanganisa zvikuru kuti chose chinonyorwa chinofanirwa kunge chanyorwa nechirungu kekuti ivovakanga vasingade kudzidza Shona kana Ndebele. Shamwari ngatinyorewo nechekwa amai vedu kwete kunetsekana nechizungu chatisingazive. Apa urikuda kutii nhai shamwari? Ndanetseka zvikuru kutindizive musoro wenyaya yako wena sibili.

      • Yepec says:

        “Makore arimudenga=clouds in the sky, “yaasigazive kuti irikuenda kupi=eventhough, the clouds are being driven by the wind which they do not know where it is going. Then the “Tsumo” would say as if to ask, “What more of a person on the ground who is chasing the clouds which are being driven by the wind which they do not know where it is going”? Can one follow that person chasing or racing against such clouds? Can you now understand it?

        About the imperial; powers and at the Second All Stakesholders’ Conference; Mugabe proved the point that the President has the final say in everything despite how it is implemented. Matinenga was opposed to what Mugabe said but he ended chairing the Copac Committee that will give the resolved Draft to the Principals, before it went to Parliament then for the Referendum. Only a person following the Copac Draft discussion, can make sense of the executive powers of the President under the Lancaster House Constitution.

        Chimbwido Warvet, you say, “Duzvi ramai yayo, Duzvi yayo or Vazungu”, what type of Shona is this or which tribe of the Shona people speaks like that? It is only foreigners who speak Shona like that not you “mwana waMai”. All along it has been said that you are fake and this proves it beyond doubt.

        • Chimbwido Warvet says:

          Shamwari ndaseka zvikuru. Ini ndati ngatinyorewo nechekwamai, iwe woti kwete chirungu ndicho chete. Ndicho chii nhai shamwari Yepec? Taura nezve COPAC ne chekwamai tinzwe kuti urikuti kudii shaz. Hongu chirungu unogona kunyora asi nedzimwe nguva hazvibatane shaz. Ndosaka ndichiti nyora nechekwa mai. In any case, Shona, Ndebele including the English language are the three official languages in Zimbabwe. As such, anyone can write in any of the three languages he/she knows best and it will be fine. You should not labor in any language you find difficult in conveying your message and say it in your mother tongue. Varungu vakauya nekuparadza rudzi, mutauro, maitiro, midzimu netsika dzedu zvose zvaparara nekuda kuita sevarungu.