Government Presents Gazetted Proposed Constitutional Amendment Clauses To POLAD

The Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs, Mrs Virginia Mabiza on Friday presented before the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) forum members the gazetted proposed constitutional amendment clauses so that they give their input.

The government recently gazetted 27 proposed amendments to the Constitution which have attracted huge criticism from the opposition MDC led by Nelson Chamisa and some political commentators.

Critics observed that the proposed amendments to the Constitution are a huge setback to the democratisation process in the country as they take away inputs which were directly contributed by the general populace during the COPAC process.

Meanwhile, POLAD  co-convenor, Mrs Margaret Sangarwe told members of the media that POLAD members have selected three chairpersons to lead thematic committees which will deliberate on the proposed amendments.

Sangarwe revealed that Dr Thokozani Khupe was elected chairperson for the international re-engagement committee, Professor Lovemore Madhuku chairman of constitutional matters and legislative committee while Mr Trust Chikohora was made chairperson of the economic committee.

POLAD members also selected chairpersons and vice-chairpersons for three thematic committees.

The development comes a few days after POLAD members had complained that the government had gazetted the proposed amendments without incorporating POLAD’s views.

The outcry prompted Justice Minister to say that POLAD was not an arm of government that needs to be consulted on government policy issues.

More: The Herald

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