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Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
October 01, 2013
Constitutional Assembly (NCA) meeting as a special Congress, in
accordance with the provisions of its constitution;
its founding and overriding objective of ensuring that this country
is governed under a new, democratic and people-driven constitution;
for the past 16 years, the goal of a new, democratic and people-driven
constitution has been consistently frustrated by a ruling political
leadership which has relied on state power and state resources to
promote and defend an undemocratic constitution;
this political system of abusing state power and state resources
to deny the people their right to write their own constitution reached
its height during the period 2009-2013 when Zanu-PF received assistance
from the MDC to continue destroying the people`s hopes for a constitution
by themselves and for their own country;
2013 referendum was a huge fraud where the people were cheated
to approve a Zanu-PF/MDC document which is now claimed to be a “people`s
only the NCA carries the people`s hopes for a new, democratic and
the methods and strategies we have used as an organisation in the
past 16 years;
the political terrain has changed fundamentally and that new methods
and strategies have to be adopted in our continuing quest for a
new, democratic and people-driven constitution;
from its inception, and as reflected in its constitution, the NCA
has always been alive to the need to change its methods and strategies
in pursuit of its goals;
the special congress resolves as follows:
1. That it is
futile for the NCA to believe that any of the current political
parties will revisit the issue of a new constitution given their
self-fulfilling referendum of March 2013 and their subsequent introduction
of a new undemocratic constitution on 22 May 2013.
2. That it cannot
make sense for the NCA to lobby politicians who have taken leave
of their responsibilities nor is it worthwhile to exert pressure
on such politicians as if they were the only persons created to
3. That in the
light of 1 above, the current political, social and economic environment
calls upon the NCA to move from its current methods and strategies
of basic civic education, advocacy and lobbying to entering the
field of competing for political office so as to use any political
space gained thereby to pursue its goals of ushering a new, democratic
and people-driven constitution.
4. That entry
into the field of competing for political office requires the NCA
to expand its goals and attract more members.
5. That, with
effect from this day of our Lord, 28 September 2013, the NCA incorporates
the methods and strategies of competing for political office in
pursuit of its goals and for the removal of doubt, this transforms
the NCA into a political party.
6. That the
transformation of the NCA into a political party, which has taken
effect from this day, 28 September 2013, requires certain necessary
changes to the structures and leadership of the organisation.
7. That the
current Taskforce continues in office until 31 March 2014 with the
all NCA members to make proposals on necessary changes to the
organisational structure in the light of the transformation to
a political party.
membership consultations on the additional goals of the organisation
but being bound by the notion that the quest for a new, democratic
and people-driven constitution necessarily means ours is a social-democratic
movement with a pan-African outlook and with utmost respect for
the struggle of our people against colonialism and imperialism.
with like-minded organisations and creating appropriate spaces
for them in our structures.
a Congress before 31 March 2014 at which the organisation`s new
thrust as a political party will be launched and a new leadership
8. That in view
of the added responsibilities of the Taskforce, all persons who
on this day, 28 September 2013, are members of regional committees,
are hereby elected into the Taskforce. In addition, the Special
Congress also elected members of the planning committee into the
Taskforce and the full list of the interim Taskforce members will
be made public at a later date.
9. That we implement
our long-standing resolution to pay membership fees, the first such
fees being due for the period ending 31 December, 2013.
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