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National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
Constitutional Assembly (NCA) wishes to re-affirm its position regarding
the writing of the new
constitution for Zimbabwe. In 1999 we gathered in Chitungwiza
at the National Working People's Convention as well as the
first People's Constitutional Convention . The constitutional
making process is also clearly outlined in the Zimbabwe People's
Charter and again re-emphasized in Chitungwiza at the 2nd People's
Constitutional Convention in July of last year.
that there should be an inclusive and broad-based constitution-making
process in Zimbabwe; to foster, protect and deepen a culture of
human rights and respect for the rule of law in Zimbabwe and to
implement, incorporate and protect human rights; hence we are guided
by the following principles;
a. The process
of making a constitution is as important as the content of the constitution
b. A defective
constitution-making process leads to a defective constitution
c. The only
process that is valid for the making of the constitution is a people
driven process, because a constitution must be by, and for, the
d. It is only
through a people driven process that a constitution becomes legitimate
thereby deserving respect by both present and future generations.
e. A process
which is either led or dominated by the main political parties of
the government of the day or parliament is, by that fact alone,
not people driven.
f. A people
driven process is one which;
i) is not
controlled by the government of the day or parliament of the day
or the political parties of the time.
ii) is led
by an independent body chaired by a non-partisan person of integrity
and composed of all stakeholders including political parties,
government, parliamentarians and all sections of civil society
for full participation by all citizens, including those in the
iv) Does not
allow any person or group to change the draft constitution produced
by the people whether before or after the referendum.
for a free and fair referendum
vi) A people
driven process requires a political environment where citizens
enjoy freedoms and rights such as the freedom of assembly, of
association, of movement and of expression (including full media
The NCA, through
the Take Charge Campaign have already started the campaign for the
rejection of a draft constitution that will emerge from the fraudulent
process currently underway and led by selfish greedy politicians
from ZANU PF and MDC.
to be disappointed by fly by night and aimless civic groups that
are aiding this money spinning process but we also understand that
they have sold our principles because of their insatiable appetite
for gold and silver as well as their disgraceful adore for donor
Most of this
misguided organizations are busy sending false reports lying that
there is progress in the government led confused constitutional
making process while events on the grounds have clearly proven that
the Mwonzora-Mangwana process is a monumental charade. They are
at pains to justify huge amounts of money they got from donors under
the false pretence of making a constitution for Zimbabwe.
The NCA will
remain fully committed to the campaign for a genuine people driven
democratic constitution for our country.
and complete the change: We the people shall write our constitution!
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