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on the eve of the Constitutional Referendum
Youth Agenda Trust
March 14, 2013
Trust eagerly awaits the historic constitutional
referendum that is set for Saturday 16 March 2013, an important
step in the democratisation process of Zimbabwe. YAT looks back
at the advocacy work that it has carried out around the constitution
making with few regrets as it has been a worthwhile process that
culminated in the protracted 2nd all stakeholders’ conference
where the youth reaffirmed their position. As YAT, we feel this
constitution addresses about 80% of our democratic needs as Zimbabweans
but we are willing to compromise as it is a far much better than
the Lancaster constitution.
As we have outlined before, YAT admits that the process leading
to the final draft constitution was riddled with irregularities
that threw the whole process under scrutiny from a wide spectrum
of observers. We recall the violence that engulfed the process as
a very sad chapter in the drafting of this constitution and we feel
this could have been done better with little involvement from politicians.
We however see the opportunity of passing this draft constitution
as a once in a lifetime opportunity for young people to protect
the incremental gains that have been brought about by the relative
tranquility of the Inclusive
government. YAT also sees the draft constitution as an important
step towards redefining what it means to be a Zimbabwean and more
importantly to be a young person. We revel in the provisions of
this constitution that ensures that the government is obliged to
maintain rule of law, uphold human rights and democracy and to promote
good governance, something that has been lacking since the country
attained independence in 1980. As the youth, we are happy that this
constitution will do away with evil dictatorship and the politicisation
of state institutions particularly the security sector. Most importantly,
we recognise that this constitution gives every Zimbabwean more
freedoms, that is freedom of assembly and association including
media freedom. As we go to the referendum on Saturday, we urge all
young people to vote yes for the draft constitution which will inevitably
give birth to a new Zimbabwe where the sanctity of human life is
respected and where every person is treated as equal.
Vote yes for the constitution and say yes to a better future!
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