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Congratulations Zimbabwe on new Constitution
Unemployed People's Association (ZUPA)
May 23, 2013
ZUPA, the organisation
that represents the interests of millions of economically disadvantaged
Zimbabweans and primarily the unemployed is delighted beyond measure
and now congratulate the Government of Zimbabwe, the Political formations
in the Unity
Government, the Parliamentary Committee (COPAC) and the citizens
of Zimbabwe for achieving the needed milestone as the New Constitution
has now become the supreme law in the land.
We would like
to extend our gratitude, as Zimbabweans who in the past have been
denied economic and other rights, to the donor nations who through
the UNDP funded the long process, SADC, for being the impartial
guarantors of the Global
Political Agreement (GPA), the facilitatiing team lead by South
African Presidency in the form of former President Thabo Mbeki and
President Jacob G Zuma and all those who offered support and technical
ZUPA is especially
thankful for the inclusion of issues that we advocated for such
as the 50-50 gender representation in all aspects of leadership,
guaranteeing equal opportunities for women, economic empowerment
as a route to alleviate poverty and dual citizenship for our Diaspora
communities who through the years of crisis, have been the backbone
of our members' survival through remittances.
We would have
wanted however, to see a senate and cabinet being independent of
political parties or politicians. We had campaigned for all independent
commissions to be committees of an independent senate not political
appointees. We believe that only a non-political senate, independent
of political parties can hold the Government to account. We also
believe cabinet can only fully function if it is made up of technocrats
who are not distracted by party posts and taken away from their
desks to be Members of Parliament.
we now hope those in political leadership will accept to turn a
new leaf and embrace constitutionalism. Zimbabweans have suffered
enough. We acknowledge President Mugabe's words that: "...
we will ensure that there won't be any violence, that there won't
be any rigging. We want now to build a country. Our yesterday was
We hope our
tomorrow will not be made unfortunate by reckless political leadership.
We pray that a need will not arise for our membership to remind
the political leadership in Zimbabwe of their own words and broken
the birth of the new constitution and look positively to a future
that accommodates all Zimbabweans and respects our rights and our
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