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society resolutions on the 2008 polls
in Zimbabwe Coalition
July 02, 2007
" . . . but
I think Black Consciousness has in fact not quite completed its
task. So called black-on-black violence would not have occurred
had we said that we respect one another and would not have permit
anyone, for what ever reason and what ever reward to manipulate
us or inveigle us into slaughtering one another . . . we would
have said that each of us is too precious to become a pawn in a
Desmond Tutu (2006)
It is the duty
of every man and woman of moral dignity to defy unjust laws such
to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA), Public
Order and Security Act (POSA) and undemocratic laws governing
the conduct of elections in Zimbabwe. Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
held a meeting on the 27th of June 2007 in Masvingo to solicit the
position of civil society on the forthcoming elections and the political
environment within which the elections will be held. The Mbeki mediation
initiative propounded by the SADC heads of state was also put under
the microscope. The meeting also deliberated on the Constitutional
Amendment Number 18 which has recently tabled in parliament.
present were from the Zimbabwe
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU); ZIMRIGHTS,
National Students Union (ZINASU), General Agricultural Plantation
Workers Union Zimbabwe (GAPWUZ); National
Constitutional Assembly (NCA); Zimbabwe
Peace Project (ZPP); Zimbabwe
National Liberators' Platform (ZNLP); Women
in Politics Support Unit (WiPSU); The Informal Traders Association
and the media.
made the following resolutions:
- To intensify
mass mobilisation and support current efforts by the Save Zimbabwe
- To hold civic
education campaigns in the high density suburbs and rural areas
to reach out to the so-called 'no go areas'
for the boycott of city council charges on refuse collection,
rentals, water charges in cities being run by hand picked
- The civil
society must not pin all its hopes on the talks but rather should
work on the alternatives should the talks collapse.
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The Civil Society
in Masvingo revealed that the office of the Registrar General is
working in cahoots with the ruling party to frustrate citizens under
the age of 40 from acquiring National Identity (ID) cards. An ID
is a prerequisite for one to be regarded as an eligible voter. ZIMRIGHTS
briefed the meeting that in the areas which they were conducting
civic education such as Chivi, Chiredzi and Mwenezi people under
the age of 40 were told that they can only acquire national identity
documents from Harare.
The Civil Society
also expressed grave concern over the way in which the registrar
general is suppressing information on voter education. In the city
of Masvingo, unlike in the previous elections, there has been no
allocation of mobile registration services. The public media is
not disseminating the voter education information adequately in
The same fraudulent
process seems to be replicating itself in the rural areas as those
below the age of 40 are being misled that the current process is
targeting the elderly, which will be followed by a second phase
targeting those below 40.
for Democratic Change (MDC) Organizing Secretary for the Women's
league, Lucia Matibenga confirmed that they have been receiving
first hand information on such practices. Reports also came from
Zaka East and West and Bikita, where the MDC had a torrid moment
with chiefs and headmen in their bid to access the areas.
hold that the acts of the state are in violation of the citizenry's
rights as out lined in the African Union Charter for Human and People's
Rights article 13 which states that;
1. Every citizen
shall have the right to participate freely in the government of
his country, either directly or through freely chosen representative
in accordance with the provisions of the law.
2. Every individual
shall have equal access to public property service in the country
3. Every individual
shall have the right of access to public property and services in
strict equality of all persons before the law
We humbly hold
the view that the government is not adhering to such regional instruments
which it signed and is obliged to uphold. Voter education services
are a public service which must be enjoyed by every citizen irrespective
of age, religion, creed or political affiliation.
28 June 2007, the Coalition held a public meeting at the Civic Center
in Masvingo. The meeting was held under the theme, Free and Fair
Elections 2008: Is there enough political will? Three hundred and
six (306) people attended the meeting. The topic was tackled by
panelists who include, Mr Muzenda the Masvingo provincial chairperson
for National Constitutional Assembly (NCA); Mr Takavafira Zhou,
President of the Progressive
Teacher's Union Zimbabwe (PTUZ); Mr Chakabuda, Chairperson
of the Zimbabwe Liberators Platform (ZLP); Mr Tavengahama, Information
Officer , the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade (ZCTU); Witlow Chigwiji,
the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU). The meeting was chaired
by Ms Lucia Masekesa.
bemoaned that the political environment in the country is not conducive
to hold free and fair elections. They noted that the electoral field
is not level since the institutions which are mandated to conduct
the elections are not independent from the political players. The
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is under the whims of the Executive,
which is an interested party in the whole process.
The civic movement
maintained that they will mobilize for a boycott of the elections
if the government fails to give in to the demands of a new constitutional
dispensation. The organizations argued that elections can wait till
an all inclusive and democratic constitution is in place.
The new constitution
will define a new set of electoral guidelines which are in line
with the SADC protocols and principles governing the conduct of
democratic and free elections. The environment was defined as being
characterized by the militarization of State institutions, the wide
spread use of violence through infrastructural organs such as the
youth militia, repressive legislation such as the Access to Information
and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA), Public Order and Security
Act (POSA), the recently gazetted Interception
to Communications Bill among others. The Executive continues
to overlap into the functions of the other two arms of the state
namely, the judiciary and the legislature which has eroded the impartiality
of these institutions.
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