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civil society constitutional conference communiqué
Zimbabwean civil society organisations
February 06, 2009
We civil society organisations
in Zimbabwe, meeting at the "All stakeholders Constitutional
Conference, in Harare on the 6th of February 2009;
processes that lead to the creation of the Peoples' Convention
and subsequent drafting and adopting of the Peoples'
the spirit and letter of Article 3 of the Peoples' Charter
in respect of constitution making processes;
of the Global
Political Agreement, particularly Article 6 which relates to
a constitution making process;
We the civil society
organisations hereby affirm our commitment to the following:
1. We hold that
Article 6 of the Global Political Agreement is and remains inadequate
as a tool of creating a new people driven constitution. This is
because the oversight role given to the Parliament of Zimbabwe in
the same said article is undemocratic and subject to political party
control as evidenced by the passage of Constitutional
Amendment Number 19 on February 5 2009 and that this view shall
be communicated to the political parties in the GPA as well as the
Parliament of Zimbabwe.
2. We reaffirm our commitment
to Section 3 of the Zimbabwe Peoples Charter which outlines both
the content and process of a people-driven constitutional.
3. That civil society
shall be guided by the principles articulated over the last 10 years
in relation to constitutional reform, both in the People's
Charter as well as in Resolutions of the People's Constitutional
Convention of 1999 on the definition of people driven processes
in relation to an All Stakeholders Constitutional Commission, National
Referendum, National Outreach, Compilations and Draft Constitution.
4. That at the end of
the constitutional reform process, there should be a general election
conducted in terms of the provision of that new democratic constitution.
5. That the views sought
and acquired after a public outreach and consultation process be
made public as well as unchangeable by law or the Parliament of
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