THE NGO NETWORK ALLIANCE PROJECT - an online community for Zimbabwean activists  
 View archive by sector


Back to Index, Back to Special Index

This article participates on the following special index pages:

  • New Constitution-making process - Index of articles

  • Views from Gokwe, Zhombe and Silobela
    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
    April 08, 2010

    1. Founding principles of the constitution

    • Everyone shall be equal before the law regardless of political affiliation or
    • Amendments to the constitution should go through a referendum

    2. Traditional Institutions and Customs

    • Chiefs and headman should be non partisan
    • Chiefs shall not sit in Parliament

    3. Separation of powers

    The Executive

    • There should be two five year Presidential terms only
    • The president shall be accountable to parliament
    • The President should be between 35 and 60 years

    The Legislature

    • People should have powers to recall Members of Parliament if they fail to

    The Judiciary

    • Judiciary should be impartial
    • The Judiciary Council, which will be responsible for appointing judges, shall
      be appointed by the Parliament on merit

    4. Executive organs of the state

    • The police and army should be non partisan
    • Cabinet posts should be a maximum of 15

    5. Religion

    • Church leaders should be apolitical
    • Religious practices that suppress children's rights should be banned

    6. Citizenship and Bill of Rights

    • The rights of prisoners should be upheld regardless of the extent of their
    • The constitution should guarantee the freedom of association
    • The right to employment should be guaranteed in the constitution
    • Socio-economic rights should be justiciable
    • Children should be awarded passports, national identifications and birth
      certificates at birth
    • The elderly should be given security allowances for their upkeep
    • The under privileged and orphans should also be given security allowances

    7. Transitional mechanisms and Independent Commissions

    • Commissioners shall have relevant qualifications and should be appointed by
      Parliament on merit as opposed to political affiliation

    8. Public Finance

    • The Reserve Bank governor shall be appointed by Parliament and should
      remain apolitical
    • Public funds should be administered transparently and disbursement done
      after public consultations

    9. Youth, land, natural resources and empowerment

    • Youth should be given funds to start self sustaining projects
    • People should be awarded title deeds to their homes and pieces of land
    • Youth training camps should be vocational centers
    • The youth shall occupy a quarter of positions in parliament.
    • Land audit shall be undertaken and the constitution shall guarantee one man
      one farm for all Zimbabweans regardless of political affiliation.

    10. Systems of governance

    • The constitution shall guarantee decentralization of power to smaller towns
      across Zimbabwe
    • There should be a Parliament only and no Senate

    11. Differently abled

    • The differently abled should l be given monthly security allowances
    • Special classes for the differently abled shall be compulsory in each school

    12. Elections

    • The constitution should guarantee freedom of association and movement
      during elections
    • Election results should be released within 24 hours after election
    • The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission shall be appointed by Parliament
    • People should only vote with their national identification cards only
    • Equal air time should be allocated to contesting parties
    • Police should not be near polling stations during elections
    • As a means of creating opportunities and empowerment, youth should be
      given the mandate to conduct civic education prior to and officiate during
    • The army and police should not vote in their barracks or camps but should
      vote at designated polling stations to freely exercise their voting rights

    13. Languages

    • All languages should be acknowledged and respected
    • Children should learn their mother languages

    14. Labor

    • Salaries should be above the poverty datum line
    • Workers should be able to go on an industrial action after a notice of 24
    • People should not be discriminated at work on the grounds of their health
    • Women should be allowed fully paid maternity leave

    15. Women and gender issues

    • Men should not pay lobola
    • 50/50 opportunities for men and women should be based on merit

    Visit the Crisis in Zimbabwe fact sheet

    Please credit if you make use of material from this website. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License unless stated otherwise.