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must apologize to Zimbabweans
National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
Constitutional Assembly (NCA), having advised the parties in the
about the provisions of Article 6 of the GPA
, which fell short in yielding a democratic constitution for the
country hereby demand a national apology from COPAC to the people
of Zimbabwe for failing the nation. From the start we contested
that the process was not democratic, not inclusive and it has now
proved beyond doubt that the COPAC route was not the way to go as
it has dismally failed to provide a constitution for Zimbabweans.
process was defective because it was not led by an Independent
Commission. It was dominated by the three political parties who
constitute the inclusive government. In short the COPAC process
was a "politician-driven process" and not "people-driven".
We are also
ashamed by the desperate attempts by the Principals to resuscitate
and bring life to a corpse (COPAC). Instead of laying wreaths and
admitting that the COPAC process is dead they are busy misleading
the nation that something will come out of the failed money spinning
Apart from the
process being not democratic, we also therefore note with great
concern the millions of dollars wasted in this failed project. As
NCA we are also alarmed that up until this day that money has not
been properly accounted for.
The COPAC process
also wasted the time of Zimbabweans as those driving the process
failed to meet their set timelines, and failed to produce a final
draft despite empty promises on such. We have always wanted a referendum
to utilise that platform to reject the flawed process.
COPAC cannot bring even a bad document to referendum.
It is against
this background that the NCA is calling for the inclusive government
to issue a public apology to the people of Zimbabwe for wasting
their precious time.
As NCA, we now
call for a set of reforms to ensure a free and fair poll thereafter
we immediately start a fresh independent process to write a charter
for the country.
We remain firm,
resolute in upholding the Peoples
Charter which calls for:
- A Comprehensive
consultation constitution making process with the people of Zimbabwe
wherein they are guaranteed freedom of expression and information,
association and assembly.
- The collection
of the views of the people and their compilation into a draft
constitution that shall be undertaken by an All-Stakeholders'
Commission composed of representatives of government, parliament,
political parties, civil society, labour, business and the church
with a gender and minority balance.
- A transparent
process of the appointment of the All-Stakeholders' Commission
members as well as their terms of reference.
- The holding
of a national referendum on any draft constitution.
the NCA remains engaged in ensuring that Zimbabwe eventually gets
a constitution it deserves. In this respect, the NCA is continuing
with its civic education activities across the country which involves
the production and distribution of materials on constitutional issues.
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