COPAC MUST APOLOGISE TO ZIMBABWEANS
NCA Press Release
The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), having advised the parties in
the GNU about the provisions of Article 6 of the GPA , which fell short in
yielding a democratic constitution for the country hereby demand a national
apology from COPAC to the people of Zimbabwe for failing the nation.
From the start we contested that the process was not democratic, not
inclusive and it has now proved beyond doubt that the COPAC route was not
the way to go as it has dismally failed to provide a constitution for
The COPAC process was defective because it was not led by an Independent
Commission. It was dominated by the three political parties who constitute
the inclusive government. In short the COPAC process was a
“politician-driven process” and not “people-driven”.
We are also ashamed by the desperate attempts by the Principals to
resuscitate and bring life to a corpse (COPAC). Instead of laying wreaths
and admit that the COPAC process is dead they are busy misleading the nation
that something will come out of the failed money spinning project.
Apart from the process being not democratic, we also therefore note with
great concern the millions of dollars wasted in this failed project. As NCA
we are also alarmed that up until this day that money has not been properly
The COPAC process also wasted the time of Zimbabweans as those driving the
process failed to meet their set timelines, and failed to produce a final
draft despite empty promises on such. We have always wanted a referendum to
utilise that platform to reject the flawed process. Unfortunately COPAC
cannot bring even a bad document to referendum.
It is against this background that the NCA is calling for the inclusive
government to issue a public apology to the people of Zimbabwe for wasting
their precious time.
As NCA, we now call for a set of reforms to ensure a free and fair poll
thereafter we immediately start a fresh independent process to write a
charter for the country.
We remain firm, resolute in upholding the Peoples Charter which calls for;-
a Comprehensive consultation constitution making process with the people of
Zimbabwe wherein they are guaranteed freedom of expression and information,
association and assembly.
3) The collection of the views of the people and their compilation into a
draft constitution that shall be undertaken by an All-Stakeholders’
Commission composed of representatives of government, parliament, political
parties, civil society, labour, business and the church with a gender and
m) A transparent process of the appointment of the All-Stakeholders’
Commission members as well as their terms of reference.
n) The holding of a national referendum on any draft constitution.
In conclusion, the NCA remains engaged in ensuring that Zimbabwe eventually
gets a constitution it deserves. In this respect, the NCA is continuing with
its civic education activities across the country which involves the
production and distribution of materials on constitutional issues.