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between the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF)
and the two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formations, on
resolving the challenges facing Zimbabwe
September 15, 2008
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A - Memorandum of Understanding between Zanu PF and the two
MDC formations - July 21, 2008
B - The Kariba draft constitution - September 30, 2007
We, the Parties
to this Agreement;
the recent challenges that we have faced as a country and the multiple
threats to the well-being of our people and, therefore, determined
to resolve these permanently.
our shared determination to uphold, defend and sustain Zimbabwe's
sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity,
as a respected member of the international community, a nation where
all citizens respect and, therefore, enjoy equal protection of the
law and have equal opportunity to compete and prosper in all spheres
the sacrifices made by thousands of Zimbabwe's gallant sons and
daughters in the fight against colonialism and racial discrimination
and determined to accept, cherish and recognise the significance
of the Liberation Struggle as the foundation of our sovereign independence,
freedoms and human rights.
to putting an end to the polarisation, divisions, conflict and intolerance
that has characterised Zimbabwean politics and society in recent
to putting our people and our country first by arresting the fall
in living standards and reversing the decline of our economy.
our shared commitment to re-orient our attitudes towards respect
for the Constitution and all national laws, the rule of law, observance
of Zimbabwe's national institutions, symbols and national events.
rights of all Zimbabweans regardless of political affiliation to
benefit from and participate in all national programmes and events
freely without let or hindrance.
accepting and acknowledging that the values of justice, fairness,
openness, tolerance, equality, non-discrimination and respect of
all persons without regard to race, class, gender, ethnicity, language,
religion, political opinion, place of origin or birth are the bedrock
of our democracy and good governance.
build a society free of violence, fear, intimidation, hatred, patronage,
corruption and founded on justice, fairness, openness, transparency,
dignity and equality.
and accepting that the Land Question has been at the core of the
contestation in Zimbabwe and acknowledging the centrality of issues
relating to the rule of law, respect for human rights, democracy
act in a manner that demonstrates loyalty to Zimbabwe, patriotism
and commitment to Zimbabwe's national purpose, core values, interests
act in a manner that demonstrates respect for the democratic values
of justice, fairness, openness, tolerance, equality, respect of
all persons and human rights.
to the mandate of the Extraordinary
Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)
held in Dar-es-Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania, on 29 March
2007 and endorsed
in Lusaka on 12th April 2008 and in the AU Summit held in Sharm
El-Sheikh, Egypt from 30th June to 1 July 2008.
the centrality and importance of African institutions in dealing
with African problems, we agreed to seek solutions to our differences,
challenges and problems through dialogue.
that pursuant to the Dar-es-Salaam SADC resolution, the Parties
negotiated and agreed on a draft Constitution, initialed by the
Parties on 30 September 2007, and further agreed and co-sponsored
the enactment of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment
Number 18 Act, amendments to the Electoral
Act, the Zimbabwe
Electoral Commission Act, Public
Order and Security Act, Access
to Information and Protection of Privacy Act and Broadcasting
the historical obligation and need to reach a solution that will
allow us to put Zimbabwe first and give the people a genuine chance
of rebuilding and reconstructing their livelihoods.
the common desire of working together, the Parties agreed to and
executed a Memorandum
of Understanding on 21 July 2008.
agree as follows:
I - DEFINITIONS
The "Agreement" shall mean this written Agreement signed
by the representatives of ZANU-PF and the MDC, in its two formations
("the Parties") in fulfillment of the material mandate
handed down by the SADC Extraordinary Summit an 29th March 2007
and endorsed by SADC in Lusaka, Zambia and adopted by the African
Union Summit in Sharm El- Sheikh, Egypt. The "Parties"
shall mean ZANU-PF, the two MDC formations led by Morgan Tsvangirai
and Arthur Mutambara respectively. The "Government" or
"New Government" means the new Government to be set up
in terms of this Agreement.
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