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desperate window-dressing act
National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
The NCA rejects
as window-dressing, hypocritical and inadequate the government's
press release of 18 September 2009 in which Advocate ET Matinenga
claims that the Global
Political Agreement (GPA) prescribed constitution-making process
has been rationalized to address issues of efficiency, capacity
and inclusivity of the Parliamentary Select Committee on constitution-making.
the so-called rationalization of the GPA prescribed constitution-making
process is an attempt to hoodwink unsuspecting Zimbabweans into
believing that the inclusive government has taken into consideration
concerns raised by the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), Zimbabwe
National Students Union (ZINASU) and Zimbabwe
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) over the exclusive, undemocratic
and unworkable nature of the GPA prescribed constitution making
process. Notwithstanding the purported addressing of issues by the
inclusive government's principals, the constitution making
process remains under the control of politicians. The "people"
are still out of the equation. The so-called Management and steering
committees are by and large made up of politicians from three political
parties that make up the inclusive government. The inclusion of
Professor P Makhurane and Dr Hope Sadza into the Steering committee
is nothing but a desperate attempt to sanitize what is essentially
a defective constitution making process.
There is also talk of
the establishment of an "independent secretariat". This
is, in essence, a high sounding nothing designed to mislead the
people of Zimbabwe into believing that the GPA prescribed constitution-making
process has been altered for the better. Yet, the GPA prescribed
process remains an affair of three political parties. As long as
it remains under the stewardship of three political parties with
vested and often conflicting interests, the GPA inspired constitution-making
process will never be efficient and inclusive. As the NCA has always
maintained, it will always be difficult if not impossible to get
a democratic and people-driven constitution from a process that
is primarily motivated by the quest to promote selfish political
interests. The time has come for the people of Zimbabwe to stand
up to the inclusive government in demand for a democratic and people-driven
constitution making process.
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