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at the Second All-Stakeholders Conference
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
October 22, 2012
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His Excellency the President
of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Hon. R. G. Mugabe
Deputy Presidents Amai Mujuru and Hon. John Landa Nkomo
Deputy Prime Ministers Hon. Thokozani Khupe and Prof. Arthur Mutambara
The President of the MDC, Prof. Welshman Ncube
The Speaker of Parliament Hon. Lovemore Moyo
The President of the Senate Amai Edna Madzongwe
Cabinet Ministers here present
Senators and Members of Parliament
Members of the Diplomatic corps
Invited Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
Ladies and gentlemen,
it is a great honour for me to join you at this momentous occasion.
Today, we are
on the threshold of history as we mark an important step towards
the making of our own Constitution. The importance of today's
occasion must not be lost in the needles pursuit of petty party
interests at the expense of what is good for this country and future
Today we mark
a giant leap forward towards fulfilling and implementing one of
the key reforms that we agreed under Article 6 of the GPA,
which is now part of the Constitution
Today we meet again as
stakeholders; as political parties and as civic society, to participate
in this national discourse that is set to make a positive impact
on our society. The Constitution-making process is an exercise that
started way back when we sought the views of the people. It started
when we collectively traversed the urban townships, the rural villages,
the farming areas, the mining towns and even the diaspora as we
sought to hear and input the people's views in this national
As a country we have
invested so much in this process, in both financial and material
terms. We have spent years engaged in a seemingly endless debate
on the Constitution and we have an opportunity to put this process
on the home-stretch to a referendum.
The guarantors of this
transitional arrangement, SADC, have urged us at almost every summit
to ensure the successful completion of this important process and
the Second All-Stakeholders conference we hold today must ensure
that the process moves forward.
The last two
SADC summits in Luanda
urged us to complete this process as an important condition ahead
of the next election, which must be free, fair and credible. The
guarantors, and us as the Principals, want this process expedited
and done in a peaceful manner.
process is greater than the MDC, Zanu PF or Mavambo. It is a national
exercise for posterity; far much greater than the personalities
and individual interests of Morgan Tsvangirai, Robert Mugabe, Welshman
Ncube or Arthur Mutambara.
We are not
doing this for ourselves, but we are trying to create a people's
charter; a people's contract with their Government; a Constitution
which knows no political party but which ensures that the democracy
and the freedoms that so many fought and died for are realised.
Isn't it shameful that 32 years after independence, we are
still using a ceasefire document as a Constitution, albeit with
As a nation, this exercise
underpins our belief in Constitutionalism and the rule of law. It
is evidence that we wish to set guidelines on how people should
be governed. It reflects our wish for legitimate governments that
work in accordance with the rule of law. We cannot therefore be
in contradiction with ourselves by preaching a coup or a military
subversion of the people's will.
This process shows that
as a nation we have chosen Constitutionalism and not militarism;
and therefore our deportment, our utterances, our demeanour must
exhibit the higher values of chastity and democracy that we aspire
for our country.
I and the party I represent
are fully committed to the Constitution-making process and its successful
and peaceful conclusion.
We have discussed this
as Principals and we have all agreed that this is a people's
process. For the record, this process is being done in accordance
with Article 6 of the GPA, which makes it clear that this is a Parliament-driven
process in which the Principals and the Executive must play a minimum
part. We have no intention whatsoever, at least on my part, to tamper
or meddle with the people's views.
So we must be peaceful
and allow this process to be come to a peaceful and logical conclusion.
After all, the people will reserve their right to speak for themselves
in a referendum.
the role played by the stakeholders in the process so far cannot
were consulted on what they wanted included in the new constitution
and their views play a pivotal role in the process of coming up
with a new
Constitution. Zimbabweans from across the social, political
and cultural divide were given an opportunity to participate in
the crafting of the supreme law of the land.
As one of the Principals
in the Government and a leader of a political party in Parliament,
I would like to commend the Parliamentary Select Committee for the
hard work that has gone into the process of drafting a new constitution.
While a lot of work has already been covered, they still need the
support of the nation at large to successfully complete the process.
We need to stand united
and with a common purpose to ensure that the process is carried
through to its logical conclusion. The success of this conference
will mean that the remaining stages will then be completed successfully
as well, starting with the debate in Parliament right through to
In all this, I would
like Zimbabweans to be tolerant of each other's views and
to work towards the good of the nation.
We should remember that
the important national process of constitution-making is about the
future of our country. It transcends party political considerations,
and therefore your deliberations must be national in character,
tolerant of other people's views and above all, you must do
your business in peace and harmony.
We do not want a repeat
of the scenes of the first All Stakeholders Conference. We have
certainly matured politically and I hope that this maturity will
be exhibited during this conference. It is important to see beyond
our differences to build a better Zimbabwe for all.
Zimbabweans have put
their trust in the Parliamentary Constitution Select Committee and
we should give this Committee all the support it needs to ensure
the success of the constitution-making process.
I wish to conclude that
peace is an important ingredient. Your deliberations must show maturity
and must exhibit our true Zimbabwean culture.
We are a peace-loving
people and our behaviour at this conference must showcase our high
standards as a nation and as a people.
I wish to conclude by
wishing you all a successful and a peaceful conference.
I Thank You.
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