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Minister of Constitutional Affairs, Advocate Eric T Matinenga, answers your questions about the Constitution making process in Zimbabwe - Questions from the people
Kubatana.net
May 2010

Below is a listing of questions for the Minister of Constitutional Affairs, Advocate Eric T Matinenga, submitted by members of the public.

View the listing of all answers here

Morning. I don't think the Constitution is worth the paper it's written on. If the Executive the police and the judiciary don't uphold the Constitution. Whatever we come up with there's got to be a mechanism for forcing compliance. Ok. Bye.

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Ini ndinoda kuziva pamusoro pevanhu vakaita violence vanoitwa sei and vachaitwa sei in thew new Consitution? Munhu wese who is a perpetrator of violence anoitwa sei nebumbiro idzva remitemo?

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Ya..ini ndirikuda kubvunza nezve nyaya ye[inaudible] President na prime minister vachange varipo here? Senate ichange iripo here?because hatisikuda Senate. Tirikungoda Parliament, kuitira fiscus idzikire. Thank you.

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[inaudible]Minerals Act, where registration [inaudible] of the land owned. Where I am there is a nominal fine. Can this clause be revealed, so that land owners [inaudible] in terms of the Empowerment Act. There is too much power in this Act and in the Mines and Minerals Act. As a result [inaudible] people are just registering and they are pegging.
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Hi, My concerns with the Constitution relate to women's issues and to the rights of minorities. I would like to know how the Minister intends to show leadership, or lead by example to ensure that the rights of people whose rights would be swamped by the rights of the majority will be, protected in our constitution.

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Ok, right mubvunzo wangu ndewekuti, our position as MDC ndeyeyi kuSenate. Then 2. Ini ndiri kuChipinge East, Ward 14, I am a Councillor, tirikuvunditsirwa chaizvo kuti kana pakucontributa muConstitution iya [inaudible] TatendaMy quwstion is what is our position as the MDC on the Constitution, then 2, I am in Chipinge East, Ward 14, I am a councillor, we are being intimidated, so much so that [inaudible]. Thank youmale I'd like to ask the Minister how land tenure is going to be handled in the Constitution. is it going to be the sole right of the individual or is it going to belong to the state? Thank you

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Pane here mechanism irikuiswa kuti kuwanikwe equal representaion panouya veCOPAC vachibvunza vanhu; equal representation paground kuti kunenge kuine 50/50/ Vamwe vanogona kuita another pary, that party yodominata the proceedings zvobva zvaita kunge COPAC yatora maviews ethat party.Is there a way to stop the COPAC consultative meetings being dominated by people from a particular political party?

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Tangatichida kubvunzawo, kuti panyaya dzemaparastatals, hatigone kuisa mubumbiro here how they are run? Because [inaudible]We wanted to ask if we can put how parastatals are run in the new Constitution.

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My question is when is the Constitution going to be finished? And after that when can we expect the next general election?Thank you

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Hello? My question is on the Constitution of the President. I want to understand what [unintelligible]So thank you

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I just wanted the Minister to explain to me in terms of process, the Constitution making process. Are we going to have a situation where after the referendum, the Draft is going to be subjected to debate again in Parliament? And debate with the majority as required by law, and if it doesn't get to this majority, what will happen to the Draft Constitution that the people will have voted for? Can I have an explanation on that. My name is Kudzai Kwangwari from Radio Dialogue in Bulawayo, Thank you.

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Why am I not allowed to vote? I want to register my anger and disgust because [inaudible] I am not allowed to vote because of the Zimbabwean set up. I am born and bred in Zimbabwe and I am over forty years old, I am not allowed to vote because my parents are South African. I have never been to South Africa all my life. I remember voting twice and then all of a sudden I was told I am no longer a voter in my country of birth. Now that elections are around the corner, we [inaudible]. This is purely selfish and unreasonable, I want my voting rights back now. In the New Constitution, anybody and everybody who was born in Zimbabwe should be allowed to vote in any election. Thank you.

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Thank you Kubatana for this opportunity. My question to the Minister is one regarding the people aligned or linked to ZANU PF, who are moving around intimidating ordinary Zimbabweans so that they should not pick pout or air their views when the Parliamentary select committee visits their area. What mechanisms have you put in place as the authorities to ensure that the people will not be intimidated, or will not be beaten up after they speak freely their minds or after they give their views to the Parliamentary Select Committee Outreach Teams. This is a casue for concern and I hope that you will answer me adequately on this question. Our fear is that people will not be able to air their views freely because they are being intimidated by ZANU PF and other members of the CIO. Thank you.

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How long is the Constitution making process going to take?

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We have a youths project. We have drafted our own Constitution. Is it necessary for us to market our organisation through that manner?

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How can we safeguard the new Constitution from being broken with impunity by the executive and service chiefs as has been the case with the old current law?

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Yes I have the written statements about 40 now to phone - no cash. How can I give him or you the paper, it's ready. I stay in Chitungwiza Unit J so you can meet me if you happen to be here then you can contact me.

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Honourable Minister Matinenga - Why are we to be imposed the Kariba Draft? We don't want that Karibadraft. We want our own draft as Zimbabweans. We don't want a clique of people to impose this draft. Minister, when are we getting our new Constitution?

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What safeguards will curb military role expansion? Okay with first past post or proportional representation? For the British system of ceremonial president, the US Presidential system or the French model?

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In Matabeleland and Midlands, no devolution of power and we will vote NO in the Referendum, because others are taking politics as business May I know when the outreach is programme to start? Why has it taken so long to commence? (Buhera Central)

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I have heard that there is going to be a new law which is going to force one wife per marriage. Is it not going to promote promiscuity and more small houses because varume havaregi?

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Hie Minister, why is it labour and High Court is sitting on wage and salary claims. Please give judgement quickly so that these black empowerment people play with law.

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Are you considering the rights of people living with HIV and AIDS, and to what extent?

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At what age, or after serving how many years, should a government worker say in the uniformed force retire?

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I think they are delaying to rig again in the next election. Why can't we push harder and faster?

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1. We want free and fair election and free campaign. 2. No to lesbians

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Is the proposed method of consulting the people in the outreach programme going to encourage greater participation than conducting door to door consultation as is done when conducting the census (where participation is undoubtedly normally over 70%)

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Under which Thematic Committee does Intellectual Property fall?

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Freedom of conscience should be supreme. Separation of state and church consolidated. Should one be denied work on a religious basis? What of safeguarding ethnic / minority languages?

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Minister 1. masimba aPresident anoenzaniswa sei uye kuti asheiwa paani nani. 2 mapurisa anekodzero here yekunidrova kana vachiferefeta nyaya tinoita sei kuti zvivepa bumbiro remutemo?

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Most people are crying foul over the retirement ages of 55 and 60, in view of a fallen life expectancy. What is your team doing about this?

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We want Federal system in Zimbabwe. That will empower the people of Matabeleland.

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If Zimbabwe is declared a Christian nation does it automatically mean the Constitution will not cater for gay rights?

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When is the new Constitution going to be completed? How is the approval to be done and how long will it take for approval to be granted? When is the next general election?

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Why can't we have a limited term for MPs because some people are taking it as a career - it's no longer about people's needs.

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Zimbabwe is poor and plundered today because of no leadership renewal. Zanu PF failed at party level, the nation tried and was surpressed. Tenure President and answerable.

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Zvinongonzi taura, nzwikwawo izwi rako, kupi kwatinotaurira kataura zvacho zvainofunga nezvazvo?

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What is the proper decision about the 51% in relation to investor confidence? Also about President's decision making powers! Why politicians are telling people what to decide? Why is the process taking so long and politically minority?

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Honourable Minister - Ini ndiri mushandi wehurumende. Maticha nemanesi achapiwavo here kodzero yemuhoro pakugadzirwa kwebumbiro idzva remutemo?

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Sir, passports with pages must not expire to save resources!

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We heard about raporteurs who are said to teach citizens. How many are they? Will they cover the whole country?

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IS THE HEAD OF STATE ALSO A CIVIL SERVANT, IF HE IS HOW COME HE DOESNT GO ON PENSION WHEN HE RECEACHES THE AGE OF 65 OR IS IT 75, I THINK IT SHOULD BE MADE CLEAR IN THE CONSITUTION THAT A PRESIDENT SHOULD NOT BE MORE THAN 65 YEARS OF AGE

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I truly believe there should be a clause in our Constitution that states,
" No changes can be made to the Constitution without a referendum being called within 30 days by parliament after initial consultation with other parties and there is a 51% agreement by those elected to parliament in either the Lower and Upper House. Changes that are made unlawfully will result in immediate dismissal of those involved in such acts."

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what can we do to have a law that clearly separates THIS COUNTRY'S ECONOMY AND POLITICS in the next constitution.

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What are the qualifications of a president?

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Thank you for educative material you keep sending us and I bet you I'm following. The question I have as regards our constitution is on the GAY rights
Is this already in the Constitution of Zimbabwe or its something to be added in the current constitution of Zimbabwe? If so will the banning of it totally symbolise democracy or it's otherwise? Will the general populacy of Zimbabwe benefit in any way on the legalisation of amcts as such? I'm looking forward to seeing your responses regarding this subject.

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My question is when will the outreach program start because various sources of media sound as if the principles are now concentrating on the next elections. We need the constitution before the elections to govern how the next government will run the show.


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DISCRIMINATION, FREEDOM FROM INHUMANE TREATMENT, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, FREE & FAIR VOTING RIGHTS, HONEST GOOD GOVERNANCE THAT UNITES PEOPLE AND HAS ALL ITS CITIZENS WELLBEING AT HEART i.e. PROVIDING EVERY ZIMBABWEAN WITH THEIR BASIC RIGHT TO A COMFORTABLE STANDARD OF LIVING e.g. AFFORDABLE ACCESS TO A GOOD HEALTH SYSTEM, EDUCATION, JOBS, SHELTER, FOOD, SAFETYetc.

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Thank you Kubatana for providing a platform for our voices to be heard.

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Please advocate Matinenga, save us from evil and the wrath of God. Stop Gay-Lesbian rights NOW. Let them shout at the top of their voices but you would have saved yourself, your generation and the nation at large. Better that a few burn with passion than that the whole nation perishes with sin. I'm for God and wish for a Godly constitution.

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Firstly i would like to request for a schedule of the public hearings which might be going on in and around Harare for the drafting of the new constitution. Secondly, my question in on Homosexuality. Whats the procedure for including it in the constitution? Do we have a public vote to include these things in the constitution? I fear for the well
being of our society as a result of including such a right in our constitution. More than 70% of our population are christians and our Bible abolish such acts from Genesis right throug to Revelation. This is not an imposition of my idea not to include such extends of liberties in our bill of rights but rather a plea to save our humanities and cultural values in Zimbabwe.

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How can a 5th generation white be an alian. are white Zimbabweans from Mars or Jupiter? God and his laws to be enshrined in any constituation. No gays, gals or recognition of their marriage. We dont have to copy the world into decline like Sodom and Gamorrah. Lets lead the world in higher moral standards where the politicians are there to serve the people and the nation not line their pockets and take position as their right to do as they please. I salute those who have fought to get a better constitution for our country. Thank you Kubatana for your share in fighting an unjust, illegal and evil system.

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I think it is fundamentally wrong to have a birthright taken away. There are thousands of Zimbabweans, born in Zim. but of foreign parents who have been forced to loose even the right to live in Zim for more than 3 months because their 'residents permit' on their foreign passport has not had a "re-entry permit " stamped in the passport within 6 months. Many of us have had to choose our parents nationality to get a passport that helps us to move freely as there were no jobs in Zimbabwe. We work outside Zim , claiming our parents nationality as a matter of survival waiting for the day we can return - but due to some recent law , cannot even come back to the country of our birth without paying for a Visa and then are restricted in the time allowed as if we were tourists! This is wrong. It was created for political and not moral reasons.

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Zimbabweans do not care who rules America, Britain, France, China or Russia because the countries' foreign policy towards Zimbabwe and Africa in general was long defined to the extent that whoever rules these countries play ball. Like wise the Zimbabwe Constitution must clearly enshrine our national values/ aspirations/ interests, internally, in Africa and the world at large. We must have adequate safe guards so that the police MUST ARREST ANYONE WHO BREAKS THE LAW, ZIMRA MUST COLLECT ITS LEVIES, LOCAL AUTHORITIES MUST DELIVER, NO LIFE APPOINTMENTS FOR STATE CORPORATIONS/ INSTITUTIONS / ENTERPRISES BOSSES. MINISTERS AND MPs MPs must be recalled if they do not perform to expectations. Once our institutions are functioning, Mugabe, Tsvangirai or anybody can rule this country. We have seen it in Japan, Italy etc where several Prime Ministers have left Office but the state continued to run. Can the Minister assure the nation that the Zimbabwe Constitution will sufficiently address these important matters?

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why do we need a website for the constitutional making process in a resource poor situation that we are?

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Do we foresee any writing of the constitution now COPAC has stopped informing people about the process through radios? What are Matinega's duties in his department of Constitutional Affairs? Aren't we people led blindly by these people in the name of constitutional reforms? I warn the Zimbabwean politicians that history will judge you not with want you have destroyed but what you have achieved.

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I have been a Zimbabwean resident since 46 years ago but laws were revisited causing me who initially was citizen to have that citizenship withdrawn. I have never understood why I have to buy out the citizenship when I have never left the country's borders. Can we have some better position in the next constitution?

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I have a suggestion to make, I hope you will agree with me. I am of any opinion that if we can have a call-back law in our constitution it will help, I mean when a member of parliament is called back by the constituency that elected him or her because he/ she promised development in that constituency but after a year and half nothing has been done in terms of the promises, the constituency should have the right to call that candidate and calls for election that will exclude the candidate, I have a belief that this will make the MPs work for development in their respective constituencies.

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My parents were both born in SA and came to Zimbabwe as little children by ox wagon in the early 1900's. All my brother and sisters were born, raised and educated in Zimbabwe but we are classed as 'Aliens' (all 13 of us) not Zimbabweans' and not entitled to Zimbabwean passports. This is not right or fair as I am Zimbabwean by birth and proud of it. I hope this is one of the issues that can be looked into and set right.

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Most of the top politicians graduated from all the various universities locally and abroad .We are therefore asking the Minister to kindly facilitate the inclusion of university students in the constitution making processes by having workshops at all the universities nationwide. The fact that most of the countries future leaders are at the universities cannot be overlooked. CAN THE CONSTITUTION MAKING COMMITEE ASSIST IN THIS ISSUE? NUST STUDENT

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1. Is it possible for the new constitution to reduce the powers of the Minister of Local Government so that he cannot revoke the decisions made by the Mayors and Councillors of cities and towns?

2. Is it possible for the new constitution to provide a section which gives the people of Zimbabwe powers to serve a vote of no confidence to The President, The Prime Minister, The Minister, The Senator, The MP and or The Councillors so that he can step down and allow the people to choose another one?

3. For the past years we have seen the uniformed forces voting from their camps and barracks. Is it possible for the constitution to provide that they use public polling stations?

4. Can the new constitution take into consideration the education welfare especially at university level because its rather naïve to pump out a lot of money through the presidential scholarships whilst our universities' infrastructure is dilapidated & manifested by outdated, torn & tattered books?

5. Also the issue of the land reform must be taken into consideration. If it is possible a thorough land audit must be done & the less productive farms must be handed over to more productive persons. We do not need potential farmers we need actual farmers in order to resuscitate our decline agriculture sector?

6. As much as we may advocate for human rights, but least we forget our culture& tradition. May we not allow gayism & prostitution freedom?

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1. 50:50 representation in all leadership positions and in parliament
2. There is need for decentralization of power and of governance. What are the issues ?
3. Devolution of presidential powers- what are we saying?
4. Women's rights with regards to guardianship of minors, citizenship of spouse, bodily integrity, legal pluralism? What are we saying?
5. Youth issues and protection from exploitation

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1. The issue of hate speech during the process needs to be addressed
2. The law on Rape to be broadened to include rape of Men
3. Fair Media Access on constitutional matters
4. How is the issue of Homosexuality going to be presented by the outreach teams
5. Criminal Law and Codification Act in relation to Sodomy
6. The right to privacy ad consensual adult gay and lesbian conduct
7. The need to specifically mention sexual orientation in the non discrimination clause

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I am neither a farmer nor own any agricultural land. My question is, How does the proposed Constitution deal with the whole Land Tenure System. More specifically:

  • How will the constitution deal with the thousands of Title Deed Holders who have been disenfranchised over the last decade? These ex farmers are scattered all over the world and unless I have missed something they still are the actual owners of these properties. How does the new constitution intend to settle this question once and for all?
  • Is the New Constitution going to distinguish between Rural or Agricultural Title deeds and Urban Title deeds. The whole financial system in the past depended on the banks being able to recover money through sale of fixed assets should borrowers default on loans. The withdrawal of lending facilities by the banks because of the inability of the banks to recover loaned money was a major contributor to the financial collapse of the Zimbabwe Dollar. There will be no significant recovery either Industrial or Agricultural until there is security of tenure. In addition I feel that the actions of the Government have made it doubly more unlikely that banks will be willing to loan money even if guaranteed by the State until able to recover money and institute legal claims against defaulters.
  • The New Farmers are sitting on land that they have absolutely no secure claim to. All they have been given is perhaps an offer letter from a Government Bureaucrat telling them that they are able to occupy that land. They are not going to put any investment into a farm so long as another Bureaucrat or politician can come along and give it away to someone else.
  • Is the proposed Constitution going to clarify the question of Mining claims. Again the government has occupied the Marange Diamond fields and is in blatant contravention of the mining laws of the land. It has been said by the Minister of Mines that he will never relinquish ownership of Marange. This puts into jeopardy the title to every Mining Claim in Zimbabwe. There will never be investment in the mining sector or any other sector for that matter until curbs are put on politicians who are able to "Take" ( in direct contravention of the Law) anything from another person.
  • Who do the Military and other Uniformed Services answer to? At the moment they are answerable to a political party. What safeguards are there that can be written into the Constitution that will result in the immediate dismissal of any military person who aligns himself politically?

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  • AIPPA, POSA, are they to stand in our people's new democratic driven constitution?
  • UNIFORMED FORCES, why were they not voting in the previous elections since 1980 up to 1995 elections?
  • UNIFORMED FORCES, are they partisanry owned or they still belong to any Government in power?
  • Are commissions to be elected, sworn and supervised by president or by parliament? If by president, how would transparency be checked and measured?
  • Why can not we have diversity of powers than centralised?
  • Why can not we have priemiers for provinces like in RSA?
  • Judiciary why it has no powers above all government arms as during the Smith era?
  • Why parallel market does not or why Price Control Commission does not exist like in the Smith era?
  • Why land imbalance issue benefited only one party if not the ZANU PF's Supremes?
  • War was it fought only by those who were bearing guns or by all people who were regarded as POVO and the gun bearers?
  • Our life span as a country has dropped and why can not we reduce pension age, for that program of NSSA is not benefiting the needy ones?
  • Nationalisation of parastatals is it a good way of addressing economy?
  • Why land AUDIT results of two if not three audits were, are and still not released?
  • "One man, one farm" why ZANU PF gurus used it as a scapegoat, yet they own several farms such as Grace Mugabe?
  • Why is it that monopolisation by these gurus are let happening?
  • A president should be a person of good personality, an intellectual, between 40 years and 75 years of age, moreso, term of office should be of 5 years maximum and two terms only.
  • Presidential elections should be done separately as not to confuse the rural illiterate constituencies.
  • Trade unions such as ZCTU should be left independently as to perform their duties without fear of all big political capacitators.
  • Is border gezi a national service thing or a partisan one, for people who did not undergo it are sidelined from joining other institutions such as Army, Police, Nursing and etc.
  • May the new constitution review the majority age.

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1. Whilst I appreciate fully the need for reserving 20 seats in the Legislative assembly for the intellectuals or technocrats (which is not the case). I have to be educated on the need to reserve seats for Chiefs who are not even chosen on academic merit or other developmental criteria. What value have chiefs added to our country since they have enjoyed reserved seats? Lets try to quantify this in future!

2. Whilst I fully appreciate the need for MPs to represent developmental aspirations of the Zimbabwean people(or solutions to these aspirations called professions) , I have to be educated on the need for MPs to represent regions as I feel there is nothing in a region but something in an aspiration or need. My very brother cannot adequately represent my interests because I work for ZESA , every time I go to work I fear being electrocuted.I spent almost all of my life whilst awake at work. If I accidentally get electrocuted, the procedure is you will be accused of having violated safety procedures. Besides being maimed, you will be denied compensation. Who would want to be electrocuted. Its just an accident full stop! My brother has a different profession and cannot represent me adequately in the legislative assembly , but a fellow electrical engineer working in the same environment can fully represent me over things that worry me and threaten my very existence. Unlike Ministry of Health who always get doctors(health experts) as Ministers from independence and Ministry Of Justice which always get lawyers(legal experts) as Ministers. Ministry Of Energy and Power Development has never had a Minister who is an electrical engineer(energy and power celebrities) since independence. The best appointment is the current appointment of a Civil Engineer. If there are problems in the Power Sector and Industrial capacity utilization we cannot approach soothsayers as the answer seems to be obvious! The same applies to Ministry Of Industry. If my brother cannot adequately represent me in Parliament because s/he does not have the same profession with me, let alone someone I don't even know who I only see on the ballot paper with no details of academic qualifications or work experience. Segmentation of MPs based on geographical regions is inferior to segmentation of MPs based on needs(health needs(doctors), economic needs(economists),energy needs(electrical engineers)production needs) transport needs(mechanical and electrical engineers),psychological needs(psychologists),Water(civil engineers), shelter needs(civil engineers) e.t.c.

3. Whilst I appreciate the need for citizens to vote for their aspirations and a computer chooses the best professional to represent them , I have to be educated for the need for people to vote for people they don't even know at times(who even hide their qualifications and experience mix on the ballot paper. If in a certain region people vote for Health needs, the Academic information system from the MiNISTRY OF INTELLECTUAL POWER WND KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT can choose the best doctor to represent them who can even build a surgery and treat them freely. If people in a certain region votes for roads and dams, the National Computer Academic information system will identify the best civil engineer to represent them who can even design the roads and dams for them so that they have clean water and safe roads. IF they vote for electricity, the computer will give them the best electrical engineer who can design electrical reticulations for them freely and the community benefits rather the current setup.So I see the logic of voting for a need or aspiration , but I have to be educated on the need to vote for a stranger on the ballot paper!

4. Whilst I appreciate the need for affirmative action for minority professions in our parliament, I have to be educated on the need for affirmative action for women and even a full flanged Ministry for Women affairs. I personally feel there is need for affirmative action towards National talent and talent management, knowledge and knowledge management full stop!

5. Whilst I appreciate the need for separation of professions, I have to be educated on the need for separation of powers, when the same lawyers are in the Judiciary, Executive and legislature.In this case separation of powers is impractical! Some white friend told me that when the separation of power was originally crafted it implied separation of professions also. A professor in law(judiciary), cannot be legally and competently challenged by a professor of industrial automation(who is Minister of Industry), vice versa unless one becomes an imbecile. The professions one expect to find in the Legislative Assembly should be different from professions you expect to find in the Judiciary and different from professions in the Executive if separation of powers is to be meaningful. In this case separation of powers becomes really meaningful!

6. I have to be educated on the need for example to make a lawyer Minister of Finance when there are Zimbabweans with doctorates in Finance, the need for a lawyer to be Minister of Industry when there mechanical engineers with doctorates in Industrial production!

7. I don't see the logic of a democracy that ignores academic excellence and proven skills to lead teams to successful outcomes in the name of popularity as this is tantamount to allowing passengers in a bus to choose a driver by a popular process(voting) not withstanding that the person chosen to drive the bus has no driver's license and experience. Allowing people to commit suicide saying its their right or in the name of popular vote should not be allowed. By being a Minister you risk people's rights to water, rights to energy to cook e.t.c. People can actually die especially in towns due to lack of water and energy sources to cook!

8. An electoral process from my point of view should capture ideas, aspirations and creativity of communities to help in the National Planning Process(a research process) in order to justify the costs incurred in the exercise and not a process of being presented with people(strangers) you don't even know hiding behind political party names and logos! The ballot papers I have seen in Zimbabwe don't even have academic portfolios or experience base which are key in choosing candidates. Some of us given a choice we don't vote for political parties but for individual competencies of candidates! I have found current electoral process an unnecessary worst of money with no value being added!

9. It may seem the other professions are not yet independent in an independent Zimbabwe except Doctors through their Ministry Of Health and Lawyers through their Ministry Of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs! Other Professions are subordinated by other professions in their Ministries even as far back as independence!

In conclusion I feel that for balanced development , we need each profession to be represented in the politburo, cabinet and legislative assembly at the highest level. Maybe you may need having 5 temporary seats reserved for war veterans I don't know . In any way the burden of war veterans is better than the burden of reserved seats for chiefs as there will be no need for this in a few decades to come as that generation will have passed!
In my honest opinion the President must be the most educated man in Zimbabwe and theoretically have doctorates in every profession and then compromise by what is available on the market. 2 terms seems reasonable to me, but after these two terms they can be retained in the Supreme Council Of Leaders who are advisors to the President.

I am also an advocate for central planning by academic celebrities with inputs from regions or electorates . I don't support command economies , but intelligence directed economies. An intelligence directed economy is one directed by the best academic celebrities in their areas of expertise. Organizations must be lead by academic celebrities who have core-qualifications and core experience that is core to the organization.(which I honestly feel is what is lacking in Zimbabwe except in Ministry of Health AND Ministry Of Justice , Legal and Parliamentary Affairs). I am also an advocate of a global village government with full executive powers if leadership is based on meritocracy,(academic celebrities) and not ethnocentricity or racism, REGIONALISM or other non-objective and non-value adding criteria but proven and trackable competences with a global vision!

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Thank you for giving us an opportunity to contribute to the constitution making process. I have 2 areas:

1. Its about the voting place. There are a number of people who are turn away/ not eligible to vote simply bcz they are registered in a different constituent to where they will be staying at that particular moment. Should I fail to vote bcz I am in Harare and registered in Rusape? Please let people vote regardless of the place of registration. An for urban dwellers without lodgers cards- don't they have a right to vote. Its not practical for one to get a logders card in urban areas these days.

2. Is Saturday a really working day. This is mere confusion - if someone is not going to work on Saturday why is it included / counted as a working day?

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The NAAC (National Association for the Advancement of Coloureds) or MRMA was invited to COPAC conference last year but was not invited to the second, meaning that we would not be involved in the outreach after all we did apply. All other attempts to get to COPACs chairpersons to no avail. As time is running out we still hope to meet and discuss our exclussion. The organisation represents coloured minority and others, here in Zimbabwe. It is such a shame as the our rights in the process was determined by a select committee who chose to keep us out. The question is "will we make a decision to disengage from the process on those grounds." The COPAC must look into this and hopefully call an urgent meeting.

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What are the chances that the constitutional process will be canvassing the Diaspora directly, apart from email and telephonic contacts? Is it possible to ask SADC to finance the Diaspora itself to canvass their input, as we hear funding is the problem?

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There is so much talk about a new constitution and how it will ensure free and fair election. What will happen if Mugabe refuses to admit defeat in an election that was free and fair? A cursory look at the current constitution there is no room for refusing or not recognizing the outcome of an election bad as it is said to be. Mugabe chose not to recognize the result and big brothers UN, SADC and AU decided to give him succour by brokering the infamous GNU. Please don't tell me that his government won't be recognized. A precedent has already been set. Are we not expending our energies and resources on an exercise in futility?

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Could you please find my input to the constitutional intercourse.My point of view is that the PM and President should have PHDs in all professions and then we compromise with the market from that position! The basis of my input is attached document!

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  • What is being done to address the manner in which there is unbalanced representation of women in the thematic committees, outreach teams?
  • Why are there NO talking points on economic, social rights such as health, education, housing when these are clearly pertinent issues for Zimbabweans?
  • How is intimidation citizens prior to the outreach process being addressed?
  • What are the allowances for members of parliament during the outreach process? Are these justified or further ballooning a budget that COPAC is failing to raise?
  • There must not be a block on expression of ANY public views as this defeats the purpose of the outreach process/ gathering views. What is being done to address the principals of political parties declarations on what and what cannot be discussed during the outreach process, eg. sexual orientation?

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It is highly likely that in the new constitution there is going to be a provision that a sitting president will be immune from criminal prosecution. What guarantees are going to be put in place so that the president does not abuse this privilege?Is it out of this world for Zimbabwe to do away with this provision in the new constitution and make everyone equal before the law? Is it also possible to remove the presidential pardon because it has been abused in the past?

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The question I have is what changes are going to be made re Citizenship. Why as a second generation Zimbabwean (My father was born in Zimbabwe) am I not entitled to a passport because my mother was born in Scotland. I have to first renounce my right to British status.

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What is the purpose of the Voters' Roll? Are you going to include compensation for the Midlands & Matabeleland genocide for the affected families?

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Please we want a two term of office for the president plus MPs must be accountable for their actions.

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I want a consitution which gives a clear cut age restriction on government people. why not also put the retirement age in politics. for example if we say a person will be eligible to run for presidency when he is in the age range 45-75.

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We are demanding a people-oriented constitution. A constitution that is people driven, and that vests powers on the "MASSES" not a few individuals who try to purse their own political and personal gains and fortification. Best constitution is normally based putting the needs of the people first and all other desires leaders wish to pursue will follow. Renowned Orator once said, 'leaders are the fish and the followers are the waters'. So without the waters the fish can not survive but the waters can survive without the fish. Therefore a constitution that addresses people needs does not provide clauses for life - presidents, like the one we have today. We only had one leader since Independence, these leaders become comfortable to an extent that violating civil liberties think it is their own right. Hence we need to avoid similar circumstances for future generations. Lets outline a constitution that is at least understood and endorsed by all citizens.

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There is a Chinese saying that states that when you see fish rotting, the head is already decomposed. Given the Zimbabwe situation is fairness in constitutional affairs guaranteed especially on elections, the commissions being independent, and will we be able to have our own constitution given some violent provinces in the country esp Mashonaland Central and East?

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Please inlude Voter intimidation and deception ACT in our new constitution.

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How are you going to penetrate the rural areas whereby the so called war veterans are mobilising the people that the so called constitution is british engineered? How long is the exercise going to last since some people who do not have access to the media are not informed?

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Gay rights should be excluded in the constitution

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How are we, the unpropertied youths, going to benefit from the Indigenisation Bill.

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What has been done to address the violation of the 50-50 ,if not 52-48 target in the current processes? Are both MDC and ZANU PF male politicians not coniving to pertutate oppression of women by trivilising such an important developmental issue? Who is responsible for ensuring that these issues are deliberated?

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We need to have the lawyers and police to seriously enforce copyright laws to protect artists whose livelihoods depend on their works. If stocktheft attacts a sentence of nine years then we expect our livelihoods to be protected too. Our consitutions must value all types of work and protect us from being robbed daily through duplication of our works. Hatina Kufanana asi takaenzana as you put it, let see that being translated to the Consitution.

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It appears as nothing is taking place fiscal on matters of the consitution and papers have already speculated on the election date? Whats your take on this issue.

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