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National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
As 2009 ends,
ushering in a new and promising year we are convinced that 2009
has been a year we managed to weather the gathering clouds and raging
storms that confronted us. 2009 has been that year that we will
look at and proudly say to ourselves as Zimbabweans we were right
in defending the guiding principles and values to a people driven
democratic constitution making process as expressed by the positions
of the people of Zimbabwe since 1997.
the enormous challenges we faced we remained true to the founding
principles of our broad democratic movement and the yearnings of
the Zimbabwean masses as expressed in the historical positions of
the people. The inception of an inclusive government in February
of 2009 which ushered in a "transition" presented a
lot of complexities to the pro-democracy forces. There were moments
of fierce disagreements. At these moments, the NCA has carried on
as we have remained faithful and true to the ideals of our founding
It has been
so for the past years and so it must be with the coming year 2010.
A year which promises to be full of activity, as the on slaughter
to mislead the masses intensifies.
launched state media campaigns to misled and hoodwink the masses
into believing that they are part to the constitution making charade
currently underway bears testimony that the politicians are prepared
to go all the way to impose themselves and their views on the people
of Zimbabwe. We see these shenanigans as they are, deception, and
we wish to remind political elites that we have travelled this road
The donors faced
with a complicated transition were hit with indecision. More unfortunately
donors became heavily involved in activities of civics. This saw
a lot of civics taking positions that would guarantee funding. The
divisions that then arose in civic society were not really about
ideological differences. Even after the frustrations of the all
stakeholders' conference, many civic continued supporting
the constitution making process they saw beyond any shadow of doubt,
was for all intents and purposes political.
We stand here
today as the curtain for 2009 closes convinced that we have survived
our darkest hour, convinced that 2010 will see a major people's
victory. We remain convinced that a great people have been awakened
and no amount of political posturing will deceive the masses.
movement will in 2010 intensify campaigns for a genuine people drive
constitution making process. We remain guided by the historic positions
of the people of Zimbabwe over the years, reaffirmed at the 2nd
all people's convention at the Aquatic Complex in Chitungwiza
on Monday 27 July 2008. The Zimbabwe
People's Charter remains our futurist repository.
For the avoidance
of doubt and demystifying the propaganda peddled by Douglas Mwonzora
and company regarding the NCA position, we will take this opportunity
to re-state our position by reproducing the resolutions of the 2nd
People's Constitutional Convention, which state:
We unreservedly recommit ourselves to the principles and resolutions
articulated 10 years ago by the National Working Peoples'
Convention as well as the first People's Constitutional Convention
in 1999 and as outlined as recently as 2008 in the Zimbabwe People's
Charter. We hold that these principles that outline what we know
and believe to be a truly people driven constitution making process
hold true today and remain non-negotiable.
Because of the
principles enunciated above, we therefore unreservedly reject the
government led process for constitutional reform as outlined in
Article 6 of the Global
Political Agreement and strongly recommend that the current
process as being led by parliament and the inclusive government
be immediately stopped and an independent, democratic constitutional
reform process be initiated.
We resolve that
if the inclusive government and or parliament do not heed our call
to cease forthwith the constitutional reform process as outlined
in Article 6 of the Global Political Agreement (GPA), we will actively
seek a rejection of any draft constitution produced by the same
process through campaigning for a NO vote should that draft be brought
to a referendum.
We further resolve
that the people of Zimbabwe have an inalienable right to reject
or accept any draft constitution brought before them and that if
they so decide to reject any document that comes out of the GPA's
Article 6, it remains their democratic right to do so.
That after such
a possible rejection of a draft constitution that emerges from the
Article 6 process, we will continue to lead and assist the people
to continue in earnest with the campaign for a democratic constitution
as soon as possible after that No Vote.
We further resolve
that we shall undertake and expand our civic education programme
to explain to the people of Zimbabwe the resolutions outlined herein
beginning in the month of August 2009 until such time there is a
people driven democratic constitution for Zimbabwe.
We also recommit
ourselves to ensuring that there is gender equality and recognition
of the views and needs of the physically challenged in our TAKE
As we enter
2010 this will be the agenda and program of action for the constitutional
movement. We will, beginning this very January, together with our
traditional allies - the labour and students movements, intensify
the people's community meetings and grassroots mobilisation
for a genuine people driven constitution.
We wish to take
this opportunity to thank the Zimbabwe
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and the Zimbabwe
National Students Union (ZINASU) for remaining firm unwavering
and resolute in demanding a genuine people driven constitution.
Your work in ensuring a people's centered agenda at the core of
national processes has over years provided the much needed vanguard
role to our broad movement and the people of Zimbabwe.
On this note
allow us to take this opportunity to wish you all a prosperous 2010.
NCA National Spokesperson
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