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New Constitution-making process - Index of articles
of the Civil Society Leaders Conference
Civil Society Coordinating Mechanism on Constitutional Reform
October 19, 2012
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We, Civil Society
Organisations, meeting under the banner of the Constitutional Coordination
Mechanism, at a Civil Society Leaders Conference, at Pandhari Lodge
from the 18th - 19th of October, have deliberated on the COPAC
Draft Constitution and plans for the 2nd All Stakeholders Conference,
with the view of coming up with coordinated and common positions
on the conference and coming up with minimum standards, building
consensus, and agreeing on key issues, strategies and of areas of
engagement with COPAC.
Noting - The
value and importance of a constitution to our country, wherein the
country is faced with the 2nd All Stakeholders Conference, and asserting
our devotion to the finalisation of the constitution making process
as captured by our conference theme "our country, our input,
Aware - Of our diversity
as Civil Society organisations and the different approaches within
CSOs with regards the process, but affirming our commitment to a
coordinated and common approach.
Mindful - Of the absence
of a clear defined framework for CSOs participation in the Constitution
making Process generally, and the confusion around same on the 2nd
Stakeholders Conference specifically,
Mindful - Of the continued
inflexibility of political parties represented in the COPAC process,
and the rebuffed moves by COPAC and Political parties to accredit
Civil Society Delegates and Monitors to the 2nd All Stakeholders
Conference under the auspices of Political Parties,
Acknowledging - The progressive
nature of the draft in terms of the human rights bill and the capability
of the draft to promote and protect human rights through judicial
independence, separation of powers, recognition of the rule of law.
Realising - That our
lived realities as citizens of Zimbabwe are different, that a constitution
should speak to these lived realities, and noting that the draft
in its current form has taken giant steps in addressing such through
the participation of women, protection of women's rights,
Cognisant - Of the inclusion
of economic and social rights in the draft and that these rights
can impact positively on the quality of life of citizens through
the justiceability of such.
Further, make the following
1. That the draft, in
its current form, is a progressive document that has more positives
than negatives, and can be acceptable in comparison with the Lancaster
2. That in spite of the
foregoing, and in noting that it is not a perfect document, we will
continue to fight for the drafts improvement at the 2nd All Stakeholders
Conference and following process, including after or if it is accepted
as the principal law of the country.
3. That in furthering
point 1 and 2 above, Civil Society will participate at the 2nd All
Stakeholders Conference, but not under the ambit of political parties
4. That as CSOs, we will
celebrate our diversity, and will work towards harnessing our diversity
for the realisation of a coordinated, common and united approach.
5. That we commit ourselves
to our role as genuine players, stakeholders and watch dogs in the
affairs of our country, in a non partisan manner for the national
interest of Zimbabwe.
6. That we commit ourselves
to the building of a genuine, broad based, seen, felt, heard and
inclusive leadership of CSOs in order to facilitate meaningful coordination
among ourselves and Zimbabweans on key democratic processes.
7. We re-affirm our desire
for collective activism and broad based strategies on key democratic
processes and issues.
8. We will embark on
a massive education campaign, and popularise the Draft Constitution
in all indigenous languages, for the benefit of all Zimbabweans,
and the promotion of a meaningful national debate on the same.
9. That we continue to
be bound by our democratic values and commitment to universalism
of human rights in the country
10. That from
the 2nd All Stakeholders Conference going forward, we commit to
doing all we can to safe guard the gains that have been seen through
the Current Draft Constitution, without forgetting our commitment
on the other hand, as expressed in 2 above.
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