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set for NCA Indaba
National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
All is now
set for the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) Indaba this weekend
(24 July 2010) to be held at the NCA headquarters. All the provincial
chairpersons, National Task Force, Management committee and the
secretariat members of the NCA will come together in the capital
to discuss ways of strengthening the NCA's roadmap regarding
the writing of the country's constitution.
Indaba is coming at a time when the select committee of parliament
is currently conducting the public outreach meetings which have
been marred by confusion and disturbances from day one. The indaba
is part of the NCA's Take Charge Campaign, whose objective
is to re-emphasize the need to have a genuine people driven, as
opposed to politicians driven constitution making process.
On this ground
the "Take Charge Campaign" will continue to expose the
fraudulent process currently underway and led by politicians from
ZANU PF and MDC. The NCA has consistently and unapologetically reiterated
its position that any draft constitution which is a product of a
flawed process, as the current COPAC/Kariba
process (which is worse than the rejected Chidyausiku make-believe
of 1999/2000), will be rejected by the people of Zimbabwe. Since
the signing of the Global
Political Agreement, the NCA made it very clear that it was
opposed to some provisions of Article 6 which clearly spelt out
that the role of civic society was "to assist the select committee
as may be necessary [Section 6.1(a)(1)]".
It is a sad
reality to note how our political leaders have reduced the crafting
of a very important document to a political contest. The violence,
the confusion and the disorganization in the current process attest
to politicians manipulating a constitution making process for political
expedients and as NCA we do not believe that a document of such
a flawed process can be the people's voice.
will without a doubt a compromise deal between the political elites
in the MDC and ZANU PF. The NCA will continue to campaign for a
more open, inclusive and people driven process that provides an
opportunity for other groups and civil society in general to challenge,
debate, and influence the process. The NCA believes in the element
of adoption of the constitution on a set of basic principles that
will govern both the process of constitution making and the substance
of the ultimate document.
Lastly we wish
delegates to the weekend's indaba fruitful and blessed deliberations
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