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COPAC says NCA
National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
Constitutional Assembly (NCA) in partnership with the Quill
Club yesterday 23 September 2010 held a media round table at the
(Quill Club) New Ambassador. Addressing journalist, activists, diplomats
who attended the indaba, NCA Chairperson and constitutional law
expert Dr Lovemore Madhuku called for the disbanding of COPAC to
pave way for an independent commission to lead a fresh and genuine
constitution making process. ''COPAC must be disbanded
because it is not going anyway, '' he said. We need
a fresh process that is not led by politicians, but by an independent
commission.'' He also appealed to the country's
political leaders to accept that this process was a mistake. ''
From day one, it became evident that this process was not people
driven, our appeal now to our leaders is that they should reengage
the broader society, churches, students, and the workers, said Dr
The NCA leader
lambasted the MDC -T for putting the blame to ZANU PF for
the violence that occurred during the Harare outreach meetings saying
such allegations are nonsense since these two parties have now found
comfort with each other. ''Both parties have been denying
allegations of violence during the outreach meetings and now for
the MDC-T to complain that ZANU PF is perpetrating violence is nonsense,
''said Dr Madhuku. Further, he predicted an escalation
of violence and more loss of lives in the COPAC process.
Dr Madhuku also
took a swipe at some donor organisations who are deliberately denying
the NCA resources. He singled out Zimbabweans working for donor
organisations, some of whom are making funding decisions calculated
on their own personal political ambitions. '' We are
aware that a majority of Zimbabweans working for this organisation
are harbouring political ambitions and have a vendetta against the
NCA hence they are deliberately denying the NCA resources.''
However, he said that the NCA has managed to survive under harsh
conditions and saluted the membership for keeping the organisation
afloat by buying membership cards and personal donations.
On the NCA's
way forward, Dr Madhuku said that the NCA will continue mobilising
the grassroots and campaign for a NO VOTE in the event that a referendum
is called. ''We, together with ZCTU,
and other progressive Zimbabweans will vigorously campaign for a
NO VOTE under the Take Charge campaign in the referendum to send
a clear message to the politicians of this land that they should
not take Zimbabweans for granted,'' he lamented.
The NCA has
remained consistent in the fight for a genuine constitution making
and has remained convinced that Article 6 of the interparty
agreement falls far short of the aspirations of the Zimbabwean
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