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    Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU)
    August 16, 2010

    Four representatives per each tertiary institution drawn from the 46 colleges and universities in Zimbabwe converged to deliberate on issues mainly the national constitution, national healing, elections and the state of higher education amongst other things from the 13th-15th of August 2010 at YWCA in Kambuzuma, Harare.

    The invited speakers namely the Hon. Deputy Minister O. Gutu, Mrs Mutambasere of the NGO Forum, David Hofisi of ZLHR and Gideon Chitanga (a ZINASU luminary) presented on students and the national constitution. The occasion was also graced by the presence of ZINASU luminaries, NANGO, Crisis Coalition, Students' Solidarity Trust, Youth Alliance for Democracy, Zimbabwe Poets for Human Rights, Achieve Your Goal Trust and Student Christian Movement amongst others.

    The convention resolved that the constitution-making process was flawed but the students as an interest group shall table down their demands which shall be submitted to COPAC but ZINASU will put more effort on educating its constituency on civic matters and mobilize students to be registered voters through voter clubs to be assembled in institutions of higher learning in preparation for the referendum and the national elections. In the event the constitution draft document does not carry the hopes and aspirations of the Zimbabwean students, ZINASU shall mobilize for a NO vote. ZINASU President Obert Masaraure made it explicitly clear that the process was flawed and heavily doubts if the draft document will be people-centred meaning that Zimbabweans should be geared for a NO vote come referendum.

    The continuous acts of political violence marring the constitution-making process have proven that there is lack of political will by the three political parties to have a new supreme law and it was resolved that ZINASU shall embark on issues of national healing. Students called for Jabulani Sibanda to be put under house arrest until the constitution-making process is over and made it clear that they will not be hesitant to severe ties with MDC-T if it persists to negate their plight since students were the beacon behind the party's formation.

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