Zimbabwe – progress reported in constitutional talks

S W Africa Radio/allAfrica

Some ‘significant progress’ was made during three days of talks to finalize a draft of the new constitution by COPAC, the Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Minister said on Thursday.

Eric Matinenga said following a tense round of talks in Nyanga between parties to the GPA, it was encouraging that the management committee had recorded success on some of the issues that had previously threatened the completion of a draft constitution.

‘Unfortunately there was not sufficient time to enable us to finish the task on hand, that is why when we adjourned yesterday (Wednesday) we had not yet completed our task,’ Matinenga said.

The lawyer-come-politician told SW Radio Africa that because of the delicate nature of the process he was not at liberty to say what was agreed and how far they’d gone in revising the draft.

‘As I said, significant progress has been made, but as management committee we are keen to finalize this process, and we certainly want to see to it that we deliver that document to the people of Zimbabwe.

‘We are fully aware of the expectations of the people of Zimbabwe and we want to meet their expectations,’ the Minister said.

The management committee will resume talks on Monday next week with the aim of sealing an agreement before the end of June. The Nyanga meeting was attended by Matinenga as chairperson of the management committee.

Party negotiators were Patrick Chinamasa and Nicholas Goche, ZANU PF, Tendai Biti and Elton Mangoma MDC-T; Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga and Moses Mzila Ndlovu, MDC.  Read more…

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