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  • NCA’s request of appeal against dismissal of Referendum challenge granted by Supreme Court
    National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
    March 08, 2013

    The Supreme Court yesterday (7 March) granted a request of appeal of by the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) against a ruling by the High Court on Thursday 28 February 2013.

    The NCA has been given Wednesday the 13th of March 2013 as the day for hearing.

    The NCA is challenging Judge President George Chiweshe’s dismissal of the constitutional reform body’s application seeking to defer the holding of the referendum on a new draft constitution. Justice Chiweshe has ruled that the courts have no jurisdiction to challenge the all-powerful executive president's decisions and actions.

    We remain hopeful that the honorable Court will apply logic and reason to this case. The case also buttresses the NCA's assertion that the executive presidency provided for in the Copac draft is an affront to democracy as it leaves too much power in one individual (Executive President), with the effect that such an individual can usurp the power that any constitution can give to the people.

    We remain committed to the NO VOTE campaign and we will continue to urge the people of Zimbabwe to reject this undemocratic draft which threatens to take us backwards as a country.

    Our Take Charge campaign is in full swing and meetings are taking place in various parts of the country. You can get copies of the reasons to Vote NO from the NCA in five languages namely Shona, Venda, Ndebele, Nambia and English, as we await more translations.

    Visit the NCA fact sheet

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