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7th bi-annual congress resolutions
National Students Union (ZINASU)
January 31, 2010
"Defining and Entrenching
a New Political Culture In Pursuit of the Students Revolution."
The following resolutions
were read by the newly elected ZINASU National President Tafadzwa
Twoboy Mugwadi at a ZINASU Press Conference at the Quill Club, New
National Students Union held its 7th Bi-Annual Congress at the Chinhoyi
University of Technology from the 28th-31st of January 2010 under
the theme "Defining and Entrenching a New Political Culture
in Pursuit of the Students Revolution."
Congress after deliberations
adopted the following resolutions as the anchor to the Program of
action of ZINASU till the 8th Bi-Annual Congress in 2012
the challenges faced by students in accessing education due to a
deliberate ploy by government to privatize our education. High tuition
fees, shortage of teaching personnel and teaching material congress
noted of lack of dialogue between the government and the students
and other stake holders towards finding common understanding and
development of friendly policy positions.
1. Condemns the government
for lack of sensitivity to the suffering students and urges government
to revise its policies taking into consideration the aspirations
of the students, and offer free and quality education and make education
accessible to all Zimbabweans whether rich or poor.
2. Urges government to
improve working condition and remuneration of both the academic
and non academic staff in our tertiary institutions.
3. Resolves to intensify
campaigns in particular NACAPEZ, protests and demonstrations against
malignant policies that try to deny the student the right to education.
4. Calls on the union
to continue engaging government the students and all relevant stakeholders
in the education sector.
the attempts by the Inclusive government to impose a constitution
on the people of Zimbabwe as outlined by Article Six of the Global
1. Congress therefore
Castigates the current
constitutional reform process being led by the three parties in
the GPA, as it is not people driven.
2. Instructs the inclusive
government to cease forthwith the constitutional reform process
as outlined in Article 6 of the Global Political Agreement (GPA),
3.Resolves to intensify
campaigns to stop the parliament led constitutional reform process
and will actively seek a rejection of any draft constitution produced
by the same process through campaigning for a NO vote should that
draft be brought to a referendum
the increase in the spread of the HIV and Sexually Transmitted (STIs)
diseases especially amongst students and the youth. Congress also
noted the unavailability and inaccessibility of Anti-Retroviral
ARVs drugs to those affected.
Congress attributes these
problems due to lack of will on part of government to combat the
spread of the disease.
1. Condemns recklessness
and risky sexual behaviour among the students and the youth and
urges students to desist and refrain from risky sexual behaviors.
2. Calls upon the government
to provide free Anti-Retroviral drugs, free treatment in our tertiary
3. Resolves to intensify
AIDS awareness campaigns like the 'Graduate Alive' in
all tertiary institutions and communities in the country's
acknowledged the unhealthy politics within our alliance which comprise
the Zimbabwe National Students Unions (ZINASU), National
Constitutional Assembly (NCA), Zimbabwe
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and the Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC) manifesting in accusations, counter-accusations, and
threats and in some instances violence. Congress noted that the
MDC was a brainchild of the tripartite alliance of ZCTU/ZINASU/NCA
and that the differences now existing are result of the ideologically
bankrupt and with no struggle credentials 'Jonnie come lately'
(mafikozolos) who have hijacked the party.
1. Castigates attempts
by the mafikizolos to hijack the people's movement
2. Urges union members
to flood the structures of the party and reclaim it from the capitalists
who have caused confusion within the alliance.
a. Economic Planning
Realizing that the transitional
government was set up to among other things deal with the bleeding
Congress resolved that
the union should actively participate in economic debates, planning
and the struggle for the emancipation and empowerment of the poor.
Congress further called government to adopt an inclusive people-centered
and people driven policy formulation framework and desist from the
current UNDP-World Bank-IMF-Beauracrats approach.
b. Welfare of the workers
Noting that Capacity
utilization in industries has greatly improved, realizing that the
benefits of this recovery are being not trickling down to the last
person on the shop floor as the working people in our factories
Congress resolved that
government and employers in the private sector immediately review
upwards the salaries of civil servants and workers in the private
sector respectively, in line with improvements in the economy
c. Employment/Job Creation
Realizing that 95% of
potentially employed people are not in jobs, with the majority being
young people; further noting government's lack of initiative
on developing strategies to create jobs,
Congress resolved to
push vigorously those in authority to respond to this important
matter with a view of pushing government to create more jobs particularly
for young people. Congress further called for companies to re-engage
those workers laid off due to the economic challenges of the past
Congress noted with great
concern continued reports of corruption by government officials
as well as local authorities, with officials from the two main parties
in government implicated. Having condemned this vile practice, congress
resolved to actively campaign for the bringing to book of all corrupt
elements within and outside the government notwithstanding their
political affiliation. The Chiadzwa diamond crisis was also debated
and congress resolved to lobby government to investigate the scandals
so that those found guilty of any underhand and corrupt dealings
must be punished accordingly.
e. National Debt
Noting that Zimbabwe
is suffocating under a debt amounting to over US$5 Billion the people
know nothing of,
Congress called for greater
cooperation with progressive movements calling for a debt audit
and the repudiation of the odious debt.
Noting the chaotic and
violent land invasion in the year 2000 under the guise of the 'land
reform' by the then ZANU PF government through the war veterans,
ZANU PF youth, women and state officials,
Congress, having condemned
in the strongest of terms, the irresponsible approach taken by the
then government and the subsequent human rights violations committed
against the farmers, farm workers others who perished during the
Congress therefore resolved
that a genuine and meaningful land reform and redistribution exercise
has to be undertaken at some particular time in this country but
first sanity has to be restored. Congress therefore calls on the
inclusive government to seriously look into the events of early
2000 to today as a new wave of farm invasions continue to haunt
the farming community despite the consummation of the inclusive
government, as a trajectory towards the restoration of sanity in
the agrarian sector.
Congress in this vein
calls on the government of the day to refrain from the routine talk
by the state officials that the land audit will address the crisis
in the agrarian sphere, the situation on the ground depicts otherwise.
Equally the land audit in itself is not enough if it is not redistributive
in nature as a way of addressing the problem of multiple farm ownership
by most ZANU PF officials. Lastly a genuine land audit should seek
to compensate the former commercial farmers for the developments
they made on the land and bring justice to those who committed grievous
human rights violations against farmers and farm workers.
Congress noted that this eventually will help resuscitate our agricultural
productivity if the redistributive audit of land is empowered by
skills development and deployment to bring an end to the 'Cellphone
Having interrogated the
challenges associated with the transition in Zimbabwe, Congress
resolved that, contrary to the ongoing so called national healing
process by the GPA parties, there is need of a serious and genuine
people driven national healing process that heals both the victims
and the violators of the political violence. In this regard the
congress resolved that all the perpetrators of politically motivated
violence should be brought to book and justice prevail so that no
such actions would be reported again.
that property that was taken from the victims of politically motivated
violence of June 27 2008 is restored to the rightful owners while
compensation for some other loses should be given adequate considerations.
Congress further resolved that the attempts to have a blanket amnesty
of all the violators of human rights through the national healing
process anchored by the GPA parties must and should be resisted
and tat the MDC should resist that as a deterrent measure to avoid
the same episode from happening. Thus Congress emphasized that reconciliation
and forgiveness must not be allowed to form the basis of the transitional
justice programme but a clear call for truth and justice.
resolved that while we can not deny that we are in a political transition,
it is prudent enough for the civil society forces to remain vigilant
and steadfast on principles that have helped shape the people struggle
for democratic transformation in Zimbabwe and that the students
should remain the watchdog that should be prepared to bite anyone
who compromises the revolutionary principles for personal expediencies.
Congress therefore tasked the NEC to play a vanguard role and resist
the temptation to sellout for individual aggrandizement. Congress
also tasked the NEC to fight for the spearheading of meaningful
democratic reforms that include legislative reforms, media reforms,
electoral reforms, human rights laws, and in particular the repeal
which have hampered the efforts to build a robust students movement.
Realizing that the process
outlined in Article 6 of the Global Political Agreement is neither
people-driven nor democratic. It is a process determined, controlled
and driving by the politicians. More disturbing, they want to pretend
that it is people-driven and will work with the civic society at
sub-committee level, while it is clear that is what we can call
parliament-driven process. Politicians must not decide for us the
making of a new constitution
Congress has therefore
resolved to reaffirm our long-held view that a constitution should
be written genuinely by the people, through a people-driven and
democratic process. Given the nature and character of the current
flawed process, the Zimbabwe National Students Union, our colleagues
in the trade union movement, ZCTU and the National Constitutional
Assembly have denounced the process as falling short of the standards
set at the Working People's Convention of 1999, the 1st and
2nd Constitutional Convention as well as the Zimbabwe People's
Charter adopted on the 9th of February 2008.
It is in this regard
that at the 2nd people's constitutional convention we resolved
that if the inclusive government and or parliament do not heed our
call to cease forthwith the constitutional reform process as outlined
in Article 6 of the Global Political Agreement (GPA), we will actively
seek a rejection of any draft constitution produced by the same
process through campaigning for a NO vote should that draft be brought
to a referendum.
To achieve that congress
resolved we are going to go to the ground and intensify the people's
community meetings and grassroots mobilization for a genuine people
Having noted the role
that women can play in political, social, economic, environmental
and technological transformation of our society.
Congress has therefore
resolved to intensify fighting and lobbying for the respect of gender
equality through observance and commemoration of international,
regional and local days set aside for these aspects such as the
16 days of activism against gender based violence, day of the African
child etc. and some other initiative aimed at mainstreaming gender
HI Virus/Aids and sexual reproductive health
Alive to the fact that
one of the biggest challenges affecting mankind today is the HIV/Aids
pandemic. Our economies, our societies, our families, our livelihoods
are being threatened by this monstrous disease.
Congress has resolved
to strengthen the graduate alive campaign in partnership with other
organisations involved in HIV/Aids work as well s artists. Congress
also resolved the opening up of space among young people to share
ideas about the pandemic.
The Congress noted with
great concern that climate change poses significant threats to the
achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in particular
those related to eradicating poverty and hunger and promoting environmental
Congress therefore resolved
to urge the government of Zimbabwe and other developing countries
to initiate policies that are environment friendly. Congress also
resolved that pressure be put on all developed countries in particular
the USA to reduce carbon emissions.
Alive to the fact that
the Southern Africa Students Union remains dormant yet it is a pivotal
tool in the building of a regional students' movement. Congress
resolved that ZINASU must play an active role in the resuscitation
of SASU. Congress also called for cooperation from other unions
within the region as a way of resuscitation of SASU. The congress
also debated the AASU issue and resolved to give the DSG Cde Karim
the mandate to convene the long-over-due AASU congress
Congress also called
for the restoration of legitimacy and civilian rule in the troubled
African nation of Guinea. Congress saw it prudent to support the
probe led by the UN and AU in finding out perpetrators of the 2009
mass massacre by the junta.
Aware of the current
perceived split orchestrated by the Mafume-Tsunga financially muscled
alliance and some donor organisations employees.
Cognizant of the chaos
and confusion this has created in the general student body.
1. ZINASU condemns in
the strongest of terms this deliberate ploy by the two former national
executive members who led the rebellion and went on to form a splinter
group thus bringing the image of the student union into disrepute.
2. Urge all students
to remain resolute and defend the movement and distance themselves
from this charade.
3. The movement must
intensify the recruitment and building of a cadre of the movement
who will resist the temptation to sell out for selfish gains at
the expense of the movement.
4. The NEC was mandated
to form an agent disciplinary tribunal to come up with ways of dealing
with the rebellion.
5. NEC must ensure that
ZINASU wins all SRC elections in tertiary institutions to put to
rest the perception that there are now two ZINASUs.
Organizational Constitutional Amendments
NOTING the general thrust
of the constitutional Amendments proposed in both the Political
report of the President on behalf of the National Executive Committee,
and the Organizational Report by the Secretary General on behalf
of the National Executive Committee.
AGREEING with the Amendments
as they seek to change the nature and character of ZINASU to enable
ZINASU to live up to the political demands of our time and generation,
AWARE of the ever changing
political terrain in the country which requires students to be vigilant
and prepared to defend their rights
APPRECIATING the complexity
of effecting amendments to the Constitution to be able to structure
ZINASU to meet the socio-political demands of our generation
Congress hereby resolves
1. The constitutional
amendments proposed are agreed.
2. The National Executive
Committee must set up a committee headed by the Deputy Secretary
General with the Secretary for Legal Affairs as the secretary, with
legal expertise to put final touch ups to the amendments.
3. The committee so set
should not depart from the general understanding which congress
is convinced of.
4. The Deputy Secretary
General and the Secretary for Legal Affairs must, in a written report
advice the National Working Committee whether or not the Constitution
resultant from the touch ups referred to in 2 are still in tandem
with the view of congress.
5. Only after the Deputy
Secretary General has approved the text resultant after the tough
ups, the final text must be submitted to the National Executive
Committee sitting as a Congress to approve the text as being in
full tandem with the views of this congress. This must be done within
two months of congress seating to allow Provincial congresses to
take place immediately thereafter.
16. Ideological Standing
Owing to the confusion on ideological standpoint of the Movement
pre-congress, congress deliberated and resolved that: ZINASU is
a leftist- socialist organisation striving for a socialist Zimbabwe.
In pursuit of this cause, the union shall actively intensify the
process of deepening ideological consciousness among its broader
constituency. Zinasu therefore makes use of the Marxist-Leninism
as tools of analysis.
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