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Reconstituted Thematic Committees: Constitution Watch of 14th June
June 15, 2011
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On 23rd May
COPAC reconstituted the Thematic Committees in an effort to speed
up progress in their work of analysing the results of the outreach
process. Participants without the necessary computer skills were
dropped – and this included many of the MPs who had been on
the original list of committee members circulated in Constitution
Watch of 14th May. Team leaders and committee rapporteurs remained
the same. The changes resulted in a reduction in the numbers of
people involved, down from 518 to 306 committee members all told
[102 nominated by each party]. They are assisted by 51 researchers
[17 nominated by each party] and 15 data analysts [5 nominated by
each party] to assist them – these numbers had not changed.
It was also found that some committees were working with only one
computer and more had to be sourced.
Surely these problems should have been anticipated and solutions
arrived at before the costly exercise of putting up hundreds of
people at hotels even started?
been trying for three weeks to obtain from COPAC the names of the
members of the reconstituted thematic committees and the names of
the researchers and data analysts. Eventually we managed to get
the names of the those nominated by MDC-T [see lists below]. We
intend to circulate the names of the individuals nominated by MDC-M
and ZANU-PF as soon as the party representatives have authorised
Why are the names of the people on the thematic committees a closely
guarded secret? Where does openness and transparency come into the
constitution-making process? There are indications that people who
were rejected even for the 70 outreach teams have found their way
back into the process via the thematic committees where it is even
more vital that members should be acceptable to all the parties
and to the public. This lack of access to straightforward factual
information is making the public doubt even more whether this hugely
costly and drawn-out process has really been about consulting the
also been trying to get the details of the “template”
that is been used to analyse the data. This too seems to be a well-kept
secret. Surely the public have the right to know how these teams
are analysing data, especially as the process was held up for several
days while political parties disputed the methodology being used.
COPAC announced a compromise had been reached and a new template
was being used that satisfied all parties. Question: Does it satisfy
the public? Have not the people the right to know the methodology
of this stage of the constitution-making process – how the
opinions expressed at outreach meetings have being fed into the
reports of what the people want in the new constitution?
We must remember
that in the Referendum in 2000 people voted NO to a new constitution
not so much based on its content but on lack of confidence in the
process that had produced it.
Reached by Reconstituted Committees
On 9th June
the thematic committees have completed their ward reports analysing
the results of the outreach meetings in the wards [1957of them].
Reports on data from special outreach meetings, such as for the
disabled and the youth, data from Diaspora responses to online questionnaires
and other direct submissions were also completed. What remains to
be done is consolidation of ward reports into district reports and
then provincial reports; after which the provincial reports must
be melded into a national report. But, COPAC say they have once
again run out of money.
checked out of their hotels on Friday 10th June to take a break
while a supplementary budget is negotiated for the completion of
the thematic committee stage. When the committees will reconvene
to do this is not yet known. There will be a further pruning of
committee numbers before work is resumed. A potential problem is
posed by reports that ZANU-PF is no longer happy with the compromise
reached on 13th May under which two or more meetings held in any
one ward would be treated as one meeting. The MDC-T objected to
the participation of Brigadier-General Nyikayaramba as a ZANU-PF
nominee, as he had already been disqualified from the outreach teams
and recently had made public statements reiterating that President
Mugabe must rule forever, casting doubt on his capacity to contribute
to an objective analysis of the peoples’ wishes. He has remained
in the thematic committees up to now but his continued presence
is another item on the agenda of the next COPAC Management Committee,
which is scheduled for next week
of Reconstituted Thematic Committees Nominated by MDC-T
are the committees that compiled the ward reports – they will
be pared down for the next stage.
= Team Leader, “Hon” = Member of House of Assembly,
“Hon Sen” = Senator, “Rap” = Rapporteur.
Hon. Sen. P (TL); Phiri Government (Rap); Dube Calvin; Chebundo
Hon. B; Tshuma Pastor Mose; Govha Tinashe; Masara Sibusisiwe Buda.
of the State
Hon M (TL); Mbewu Joshua (Rap); Mupakati Takawira; Mutandiro Sylvester;
Ncube Buhle Bethu; Makwere David; Marima Martin; Madamombe Elton;
Gwiyo Hon C.
& Bill of Rights
Hon (TL); Nyathi Melusi (Rap); Madzimure Hon. W.; Razemba Pelagia;
Chioneso Isabel; Moyo Hon R; Moyo Allen.
Hon T (TL); Gutu Vitalis (Rap); Madzivaidze Tsungi; Dzirutwe Hon.
G.; Muchabaya Mareyanadzo; Musarurwa Hillary; Tshuma Jabulisa.
Hon M (TL); Shortgame Musaiona (Rap); Massaiti Hon E.; Chinanzvavana
Concilia; Chitembwe Josephine(TL); Musonza Thelma; Gutu Tafadzwa
Hon (TL); July Oneck; Hlatshwayo Clifford; Madzore Solomon; Sibanda
Hon D; Ngwenya Tyson; Chinoputsa Lovemore
Farai (TL); Katsande Phillip (Rap); Mabhena Hon Gift; Muchena P.Z.;
Mudehwe Lynette; Ncube Essau; Mudewairi Richard
Hon (TL); Dube Brillient (Rap); Maguwudze Tawanda; Muradzikwa Virginia;
Nyamuramba Addmore; Wakatama Pius; Mabwe Micheal
Hon M (TL); Mandivenga Matutu (Rap); Gavhera Selestino; Mhondiwa
Cathrine; Rumhungwe Muriel; Mukandi Thomas; Pazvakavambwa Liberty
Resources & Empowerment
Hon (TL); Mwonzora Knowledge (Rap); Kuwarika Peter; Mgugu Abigail;
Maunzeni Hellen; Jena Nunurai; Pazvakavambwa Lloyd; Sibanda Hon
MF; Zuze Zuze
Hon M(TL); Mandeya Robert (Rap); Munengami Hon F; Shambare David;
Phulu Kucaca; Samu Tonderai; Ndlovu Mpumelelo
& Transitional Mechanisms
Hon. P (TL); Wurayayi Paul (Rap); Saruwaka Hon T; Tafirenyika Vincent;
Mashoko Matonhodze; Simba Mandla; Cassim John; Mubochwa Jabulani;
Organs of the State
Hon J (TL); Chamisa Nixon (Rap); Machingauta Costa; Karanda Diamond;
Muguti Hon. C; Kagodora Gilbert; Mumpande Isaac.
Hon W (TL); Paswani Hazvinei (Rap); Chinyadza Hon W ; Mudiwa Hon
S; Sululu Hon A; Kaja Portia; Marima Hon E.
Institutions and Customs
Hon Sen (TL); Mudzonga Vitalis (Rap); Muzondiwa Emma; Maramwidze
Hon H; Tawa Ratidzo; Towo Alfred; Ncube Morgen.
Hon R (TL); Moyo Douglas (Rap); Magaya Dephine; Zaya Admire; Chikadaya
Phineaus; Dimingu Angeline; Dube Bukosi.
Hon Sen (TL); Chibaya Rachel (Rap); Nyamambi Bernard; Mataruse Prolific;
Chirunga Donald; Muguti Revai; Maphosa Wilson.
and Data Analysts Nominated by MDC-T
Jeremiah; Gonese, Hon I; Hove, Hon S; Khumalo, Donald; Mafume, Jacob;
Makumbe, Prof J; Mamombe, Trust; Matibenga, Hon L; Mauchanyerei,
Maud; Mugabe, Tafadzwa; Munodawafa, Wabata; Nyamusamba, Blessing;
Nyemba, Wimbai; Nyikadzino; Sibanda, Hussein; Zhou, Takavafira.
Oliver; Mudehwe, Tauya Lynn; Maisiri, Gilbert T; Mupambirei, Freddy;
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