Zimbabwe’s first draft constitution has sparked outrage with legal experts equating it to an orchestrated attack on the country’s moral, cultural and revolutionary pillars, Herald online reported on Friday. Principal drafters of the new constitution have produced the much-awaited first draft of the country’s new charter that is now being reviewed by the Constitution Select Committee (Copac). According to the report legal experts queried how the drafters could come up with a whole draft in the absence of an officially publicised National Report. The experts are said to have described the draft as an “organically-flawed” regime change document that does not reflect the views of the people.
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The country’s draft constitution is now only expected to be ready for a referendum by December and not September, as originally set at the beginning of this year, a co-chairman of COPAC said on Thursday.
The new charter is meant to clear the way for fresh polls following the country’s bloody 2008 elections, but the drafting process is running months behind after public outreach meetings were repeatedly postponed over outbreaks of violence.