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New Constitution-making process - Index of articles
Constitution struggles in the yesteryears: Vol 1
Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
February 26, 2013
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As the referendum
draws near, the NCA Information Department will be republishing
news articles, opinion pieces on our yesteryear struggles since
our formation in 1997.
of this initiative is to reflect on our long history in the struggle
for a new constitution in Zimbabwe.
We do hope that
this initiative will serve as a reminder to some of the comrades
whom we walked with through this arduous journey in the fight for
a genuine people driven constitution, but are now saying otherwise.
Our first republication
is an opinion article written by then NCA Spokesperson and now COPAC
Co-Chairperson Mr Douglas Mwonzora. The article was first published
in the NCA’s newsletter, The Agenda Special Edition Volume
4 of March 1 2013.
In this article,
(attachment), Mr Mwonzora voiced his arguments challenging that
parliament should not be allowed to write a constitution for Zimbabwe.
can also be found on the following link, http://takecharge-voteno.blogspot.com/2013/03/nca-archives-new-democratic.html
new democratic Constitution will benefit all
It little profits
anybody to try stop efforts towards a new Democratic Constitution
towards a new Democratic Constitution in Zimbabwe
Mugabe and the Minister of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs,
Patrick Chinamasa, have already intimated to the nation that constitutional
reform is no longer priority in Zimbabwe. This intimation means
basically that the injustices, which are caused by the current constitution,
remain. In particular, the President retains the power to declare
ware or make peace, to validate or invalidate elections results,
to solely appoint the Election Directorate, the Delimitation Commission
and the Electoral Supervisory Commission. Of fundamental importance
is that he retains an unlimited term of office together with his
other arbitrary powers. Yet the Government and ZANU (PF) think that
the redress of these injustices caused by the operation of the current
Constitution is not priority.
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