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  • Information Alert 9
    Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP)
    October 22, 2012

    The MDC led by Professor Welshman Ncube has decided to continue with the deliberations at the COPAC 2nd All stakeholders conference after earlier boycotting the opening session of the event over Professor Arthur Mutambara's involvement as one of the keynote speakers.

    Addressing a press conference today, Professor Ncube said the involvement of Professor Mutambara was a clear violation of the SADC declarations in Maputo that accepted his leadership as one of the country's principals in the GPA.

    "We have since engaged the SADC facilitation team and they have told us that we will not be responsible for derailing this constitution making process. However our delegates will be joining the rest of the colleagues to deliberate on the draft constitution," Prof Ncube adding that he will not engage on COPAC business with the two principals of President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

    COPAC co-chairperson Douglas Mwonzora said as COPAC they did not want to get involved in the ongoing leadership dispute between Prof Mutambara and Ncube.

    "The Maputo resolutions of SADC make it very clear who the principals are. As COPAC we had neither means nor power to stop or remove anyone from attending the conference," said Mwonzora in response to Prof Ncube's claims that President Mugabe had threatened to boycott the conference if Prof Mutambara did not attended.

    The delegates to the conference continued with the discussions on the COPAC draft constitution in their 18 breakaway chapters and are expected to come up with resolutions which will be tabled in plenary tomorrow.

    The ZPP, which is observing the conference under the ZZZICOMP banner, has not yet witnessed any incidents after the principals President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangiral urged their supporters to be tolerant of other people's views and observe peace.

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