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resolutions of the Second People's Constitution Convention
National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
Take Charge: We the people shall write our own Constitution
We, as delegates
gathered for the historic and second national People's Constitutional
Convention, held on 27 July 2009 at the Chitungwiza Aquatic Centre
as was the case in 1999 in the city of Chitungwiza, with a complete
understanding of the protracted nature and character of the struggle
for a new democratic constitution for Zimbabwe, with full commitment
to the leadership of this struggle by the National Constitutional
Assembly, hereby resolve and commit ourselves to the following principles
1. We unreservedly
recommit ourselves to the principles and resolutions articulated
10 years ago by the National Working People's 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.
2. Because of
the principles enunciated above, we therefore unreservedly reject
the government led process for constitutional reform as outline
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.
3. We resolve that if
the inclusive government and or parliament do not heed our call
to cease forthwith the constitutional reform process as outline
in the 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. We further resolve
that we shall undertake and expand our civic education programme
to explain to the people of Zimbabwe that the resolutions outlined
herein beginning in the month of August 2009 until such time that
there is a people driven democratic constitution for Zimbabwe.
7. 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 Charge
8. We re-emphasise
that the Zimbabwe
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), the Zimbabwe
National Students Union (ZINASU), Zimbabwe Chamber of the Informal
Economy Associations (ZCIEA), National Council for Disabled Persons
in Zimbabwe (NCDPZ), and other civic society organisations attending
this convention continue to mandate the National Constitutional
Assembly to lead the constitutional reform process.
The full and final resolutions
shall be announced at a press conference to be announced by the
NCA after the Convention Report has been compiled.
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