5000 To Attend Stakeholders Constitutional Conference

“The overall population of people in the all stakeholders conference is 5000 according to our plan,“ said Douglas Mwonzora, a co-chairperson of the 25-member parliamentary select committee.

“We have drawn a workplan as the select comittee  but we are going to circulate the draft working plan to the civic societies inorder for them to include their input.“

Mwonzora said the parliamentary committee would soon be visiting provinces for “consultative conferences“ which they will conduct with the help of civic organisations and other stakeholders.

It is at the All Stakeholders Conference that an independent commission to drive the constitution making process is expected to be selected.

Meanwhile civic society groups held a one day constitutional conference on Wednesday in Harare. The civic groups which were grouped under the National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO) resolved to hold an all stakeholders civil society constitutional conference on June 26 to try and come up with a common position of the constitutional making process.

Currently the civic societies are not agreed on what position to take on the process of persuing a new constitution.

There are some who agree with the parliamentary led process and prefer to influence it from within, while others are totally opposed to the process and prefer a total boycott, with others prefering to play a watchdog role.