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stakeholders constitutional conference communiqué
September 29, 2007
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We, civil society
organisations and citizens of Zimbabwe, having met on 29 September
2007 in the city of Bulawayo to deliberate on the implications of
Amendment Number 18 and the SADC led mediation between the ruling
ZANU PF and opposition MDC parties on the future of Zimbabwe; and
with the full knowledge of our democratic right to meet and discuss
issues that we hold pertinent to the establishment of a democratic
and people-centred Zimbabwe; with a complete understanding of previous
all stakeholders conventions that have consistently called for a
people driven constitutional reform process in order for our country
to have a new democratic constitution, hereby resolve the following:
with the principles and resolutions of previous all stakeholders
conventions, we reiterate our demand for a new, democratic and people
driven constitution as a foundation for resolving the crises in
2. We totally reject
the piecemeal amendment to the current constitution. Accordingly
we reject Constitutional Amendment Number 18 and any further piecemeal
amendments to the current constitution.
3. We regard recent events
surrounding the passing of Amendment 18 as a serious infringement
of our principle that a new constitution must be derived from a
people driven process. We shall therefore communicate to political
parties involved in these processes our displeasure at this serious
breach of principle and ask them in both word and actions to retract
their position and reaffirm their commitment to this principle.
4. That the SADC mediation
has not taken into account the input of the ordinary people of Zimbabwe
as represented by civil society organisations and therefore is flawed
by way of process as well as by the levels of secrecy that have
characterised it. We therefore call upon SADC and in particular
President Mbeki of South Africa to accept the principle that the
future of Zimbabwe cannot be resolved by secret talks between MDC
and Zanu Pf. In this respect we do not accept the exclusion of civil
society and other political parties form the current SADC talks.
5. Pursuant to our communication
to the MDC in resolution 3 and MDC’s response thereof we shall
convene a people’s convention to consider the MDC’s
response to and actions regarding our core principles as civil society
and map a practical way forward.
6. That despite the SADC
led mediation process the political environment in Zimbabwe remains
repressive without recognition of the rights of the people of Zimbabwe
to freedom of association and freedom of expression wherein human
rights defenders, civil society activists are still being targeted
through unlawful detention, torture and harassment.
7. That the people of
Zimbabwe continue to live in economic circumstances that remain
inhumane and demand the recognition of their rights to sustainable
livelihoods through social and economic justice.
8. That we mandate each
organisation attending this conference to conduct outreach programmes
at the grassroots level with a view to spreading the virtues of
the principles articulated at this conference.
9. To facilitate implementation
of our resolutions, we mandate the leaders of civic groups attending
this conference to constitute a task team which will report at the
10. That we, as civil
society organisations, shall remain united and open to dialogue
with any Zimbabwean on issues that are of importance to the future
of the country whilst remaining accountable and consistent with
the principle of a people driven constitution reform process and
promises of the liberation war of jobs and equal opportunity.
present: Over 930 members of the following organisations endorsed
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