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House Speaker urges civic role in drafting constitution
Nkomo & Jonga Kandemiri, VOA News
House Speaker Lovemore Moyo on Monday urged civic groups to cooperate
with a parliamentary select committee named Sunday to lead drafting
of a new constitution, saying that those who choose to boycott the
process, as some have threatened, will miss out on the formulation
of a truly democratic, people-driven constitution.
Moyo took issue
with civil society groups such as the National
Constitutional Assembly, which are opposed to the idea of parliament
leading the revision process. He said parliament was qualified to
undertake this task as it represents the majority of Zimbabweans.
Sunday he announced a
special committee with 25 members drawn from the two formations
of the Movement for Democratic Change and the former majority ZANU-PF
party. He said additional members representing civil society will
be appointed next month.
But civil society sources
say a number of organizations led by the NCA have resolved to refuse
to name representatives to the parliamentary panel.
Moyo told reporter Ntungamili
Nkomo of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe Moyo said there is no going
back as lawmakers are merely adhering to the existing constitution.
The NCA has said it will
not join the government-appointed panel, calling for the naming
of an independent commission to take up the task. The group for
years has been calling for a "people-driven constitution"
as the solution to Zimbabwe's ills.
This weekend the NCA
launched a program it called "Take Charge" which intended
to raise popular awareness of current constitutional issues.
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