The COPAC campaign to raise awareness of provisions of the draft constitution entered its second day yesterday with Bulawayo residents calling for Copac officials to compare the new charter with the Lancaster House one and draw parallels.The residents said they do trust the motive behind the drumming up of support for the yes vote .
The residents engaged COPAC facilitators on contentious provisions within the draft constitution that revolved around devolution of power, citizenship and the executive powers of the president.Lupane West Member of Parliament Mr Martin Khumalo who was heading the Bulawayo team said it was important for residents to note that the draft constitution was a compromise between political parties in the Inclusive Government.
“I have to mention to you that we can’t change anything at this stage, but all your concerns will be noted and recorded,” said Khumalo.He added that: “This document does not belong to anyone, all parties had to compromise, but the document is a point of departure of taking this country forward.”“We want to have a feel of where we are coming from and where we are heading in terms of a constitution and that is why you should compare the new charter with the Lancaster House one and draw parallels,” said a resident.
Another resident called for voting for the draft section by section to ensure that only accepted provisions were incorporated on the wishes of the people.Another resident said she supported the new draft because of its progressive provisions regarding addressing existing social gaps on gender balance in the political field.During the meetings the team of Copac officials distributed the abridged version of the Draft Constitution and pamphlets written in English, Ndebele and a few in Shona,COPAC printed 90 000 copies of the draft with 70 000 being in English and 20 000 in indigenous languages.
On Wednesday Bulawayo’s meetings would be held at Reigate District offices at 10 am and Mahatshula Primary School at 2 pm.Copac has also roped in civil society to drum up support for the draft.