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  • New Constitution-making process - Index of articles


  • Constitutional demands
    Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU)
    August 17, 2010

    Bill of Rights

    • The first, third and more importantly second generation rights i.e. social, economic and cultural rights must be guaranteed. (NB The right to education must be guaranteed with universal basic education being free and tertiary education to be accessible to all on the basis of merit.)
    • No one shall exercise personal freedoms that violate our cultural values

    Executive

    • Executive powers to be vested in Prime Minister ,Cabinet and a non partisan council of Chiefs
    • The Prime Minister shall be elected and accountable to parliament and shall have at least a first degree
    • All cabinet ministers must be elected members of parliament and appointed by the Prime Minister in consultation with Parliament
    • There shall be at most 15 Ministers with defined ministries
    • There shall be no Deputy Ministers
    • No individual shall serve as Prime Minister for more than 2, 5 year terms
    • The council of Chiefs shall nominate a Chief President after every 5 years on a rotational bases from all the 10 provinces of Zimbabwe
    • The Chief President shall be the head of State
    • All state apparatus i.e. the army, police and intelligence shall be under the Chief President
    • Chiefs with a known political affiliation shall be ineligible to sit in the council of Chiefs
    • The council of Chiefs shall be entrusted with safeguarding our cultural values and natural resources

    Parliament

    • There must be only one house of Assembly of not more than 120 constituency members of parliament
    • All parliamentarians shall be elected by a particular constituency
    • At least 30% of all parliamentarians shall be youths below the age of 35
    • To be eligible to be a parliamentarian one must have attained a tertiary education qualification from a respectable tertiary institution

    Local Government

    • Decentralisation and devolution of power and resources
    • Creation of provincial assembly led by a provincial governor
    • The provincial assembly shall be constituted of elected local councillors and traditional chiefs
    • The provincial governor shall be elected by provincial assembly
    • All provinces must be renamed to do away with tribal connotations to foster a sprit of national unity

    Elections

    • Elections shall be conducted periodically after every 5 years
    • An independent Electoral Commission shall run the elections
    • The electoral commission shall be appointed by the parliament
    • Electoral commission prepares and updates the voters' roll
    • Voters roll must be a public document readily available upon request
    • Any citizen is eligible to contest any post of choice irrespective of race, sex, age or disability unless he/she does not meet the academic pedigree required for such a post
    • Electoral commission shall be responsible for delimitation of constituencies

    Natural Resources

    • All natural resources must be wholly owned by state and all resources must benefit all Zimbabweans
    • The State shall lease natural resources it cannot utilise for national development to patriotic Zimbabweans and other Investors who shall be asked to pay royalties from proceeds of natural resource exploitation
    • A non partisan council of Chiefs must have an oversight role over the natural resources

    Citizenship

    • Right to citizenship by birth
    • No one shall be granted Zimbabwean citizen status if he/she is citizen of another country i.e. no dual citizenship
    • Right of citizenship by residents or by marriage to people who renounce their citizenship first

    Independent Commissions

    • Shall be appointed by the prime minister of the republic
    • Shall only be dissolved by parliament; prime minister cannot dissolve the commissions before the conclusion of their tenure in office
    • Education and children's rights commission
    • Electoral commission
    • Anti-Corruption commission
    • Labour commission
    • Land and Development commission
    • Gender Commission
    • Human Rights Commission
    • Media Commission

    National Colours

    • The black colour must be removed from national flag since we are a multiracial country and we cannot continuously remind people that the blacks are the majority as it sows seeds of racial hatred

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