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National Executive Council (NEC) speaks on the constitution making
National Students Union (ZINASU)
February 03, 2010
National Executive Council leadership has embarked on a national
capacity building program urging students to fully participate in
the ongoing national constitution making process that has already
kicked off. This process seeks to build a student's monitoring
and mobilisation team in the constitutional process. The current
constitution Zimbabwe adopted at the Lancaster House which was coined
as a cease fire document deprived students of their basic right
to education. This has led to continuous victimization, torture,
arrests, suspensions and expulsions of students in colleges. Zimbabwe
cannot continue using the ceasefire document that has been amended
a record 19 times and promotes dictatorship, thereby giving rise
to the need for a new constitution.
constitution does not guarantee education as a basic human right
but a privilege. Tertiary education should not be for the elite
but accessible to all on the basis of merit. Education being a right
should be broadly defined incorporating issues such as academic
freedoms and scientific research. The Union is advocating for a
democratic education delivery system that allows students to pursue
their studies regardless of colour, class, race, creed or background.
Students demand an end to student victimization, resurgence of freedom
of association, assembly and expression. The students need to hold
Government to account if it fails to deliver on quality and affordable
education. This right must have clear guarantees and must work towards
achieving the Dakar, Senegal agreement on Education for all program.
of Zimbabwe want to fully and meaningfully contribute in the process.
ZINASU is however concerned that the process has not clearly taken
shape and continues to run in circles. ZANU Pf has been dilly dallying
on the process thus delaying the implementation schedule. ZINASU
remains committed in ensuring that the voices of students are heard.
ZINASU will hold a pre-referendum conference to evaluate the outcome
of the consultation process. If the draft does not capture the views
of the students, ZINASU remains ready to mobilise students and Zimbabweans
for a No Vote Campaign. The constitution is long overdue and ZINASU
will not tolerate any further delays. The Union is mobilising its
structures for nationwide protests in order to push this process
in which the constitution making process is expected to take place
is proving not to be conducive since some politicians are now using
terror and violence to endorse the Kariba
Draft Constitution. ZINASU therefore calls upon all political
players and civic organisations to take the process seriously and
to ensure that Zimbabweans have a role in the making of the country's
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