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PF not committed to genuine people-driven constitution-making process
Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe
June 18, 2009
issued by the ZANU PF politburo in Harare yesterday is a mockery
to the democratic process of constitution-making and shows that
the former ruling party is not prepared to embrace a people-driven
Constitution-making process. The ZANU PF politburo's endorsement
of the Kariba Draft
Constitution as a reference document seeks to marginalize the citizens
from participating in national issues of governance. Constitution-
making cannot be left to the politicians alone. The Centre for Community
Development in Zimbabwe (C.C.D.Z) working with other Civil Society
Organizations demands an all-inclusive and broad process of coming
up with a new democratic Constitution for the country.
The Constitution-making process that the Parliament of Zimbabwe
has embarked on suffers a legitimacy crisis if it is allowed to
be abused by self-serving politicians who want to frustrate the
process and maintain the status quo. If the Parliament of Zimbabwe
is well-intentioned and would like to restore public confidence
in the Constitution-making process, it must immediately do the following:
the ZANU PF politburo for making inflammatory statements that
are meant to unravel the Constitution-making process.
- That the
Parliamentary Select Committee makes a clear statement that the
views expressed by the people will be taken seriously throughout
the process of Constitution-making. There is fear now that the
Provincial and District outreach programmes being conducted by
the Parliamentary Select Committee are for academic purposes and
that the parties in the inclusive government are half-hearted
on facilitating a people-driven process.
- That the
parties to the Inclusive government, namely ZANU PF and the two
MDC formations recommit to the people of Zimbabwe about the urgency
and unavoidability of a people-driven Constitution-making process.
President Robert Mugabe (ZANU PF), Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
(MDC-T) and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Guseni Mutambara (MDC-M)
must state categorically that their parties shall not suppress
the voices from below on the Constitution-making process.
- That the
Parliamentary Select Committee will not use the Kariba Draft Constitution
because the people of Zimbabwe did not participate in its authorship.
The Parties in the Inclusive government must not push the Kariba
Draft down people's throats because the people can still write
their own Constitution. Any attempt by the present ZANU PF and
MDC government to force the Kariba Draft on the people is retrogressive
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