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  • New Constitution-making process - Index of articles


  • Constitution of Zimbabwe (New Final Draft)
    Zimbabwe Constitution Select Committee (COPAC)
    February 01, 2013

    View the new Constitution of Zimbabwe, gazetted May 22, 2013

    View the Lancaster House Constitution of Zimbabwe - February 2009

    View the "leaked draft" - February 2012

    View the "second unofficial draft" comparison - March 2012

    View the First COPAC draft - April 2012

    View the Second COPAC draft - July 2012

    View the Second COPAC draft with Zanu PF's amendments - August 2012

    View the Final COPAC draft - January 2013

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    Note from Veritas:

    This is the most recent "final" draft approved by the GPA Party Principals and COPAC. Veritas has had permission to distribute it.

    COPAC both stated and intended that the "final" draft dated 25th January which they sent to Veritas to distribute on the 27th of January would not be further altered; and it would be the draft presented to the entire Parliamentary Select Committee and then to Parliament for their information and then go unaltered to the Referendum.

    The COPAC Co-chairs have, however, since then, had to ask the lead drafters to incorporate minor changes and also took on board a change arising from the presentation to the Parliamentary Select Committee. This second "final" draft incorporates these changes, which do not radically alter the substance of the final points of agreement reached by the Principals.

    Again Veritas has been asked to distribute it and we have again been told it is the final draft, but obviously cannot guarantee this as a certainty.

    Caveat

    This new COPAC draft and the COPAC report on the whole constitution-making process will be presented to Parliament this coming week. COPAC have said that Parliament can debate the report on the process, but that the draft is presented for information only and that amendments will not be made [in fact, nothing is specified on this in the GPA]. There is, however, always the possibility that there may be more minor alterations coming up after the Parliamentary presentation, although, as the Principals have reached agreement on all hitherto disputed issues, SADC has been told the constitution is ready for Referendum, and there is a time urgency, the Parliamentary Party Caucuses and Whips are unlikely to let substantive issues be opened up again. But remember COPAC referred to their 17th July 2012 draft as the Final Draft.

    CONSTITUTION OF ZIMBABWE

    (NEW FINAL DRAFT)

    ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

    Preamble

    CHAPTER 1
    FOUNDING PROVISIONS

    Section
    1. The Republic
    2. Supremacy of Constitution
    3. Founding values and principles
    4. National Flag, National Anthem, Public Seal and Coat of Arms
    5. Tiers of government
    6. Languages
    7. Promotion of public awareness of Constitution

    CHAPTER 2
    NATIONAL OBJECTIVES

    8. Objectives to guide State and all institutions and agencies of Government
    9. Good governance
    10. National unity, peace and stability
    11. Fostering of fundamental rights and freedoms
    12. Foreign policy
    13. National development
    14. Empowerment and employment creation
    15. Food security
    16. Culture
    17. Gender balance
    18. Fair regional representation
    19. Children
    20. Youths
    21. Elderly persons
    22. Persons with disabilities
    23. Veterans of the liberation struggle
    24. Work and labour relations
    25. Protection of the family
    26. Marriage
    27. Education
    28. Shelter
    29. Health services
    30. Social welfare
    31. Legal aid
    32. Sporting and recreational facilities
    33. Preservation of traditional knowledge
    34. Domestication of international instruments

    CHAPTER 3
    CITIZENSHIP

    35. Zimbabwean citizenship
    36. Citizenship by birth
    37. Citizenship by descent
    38. Citizenship by registration
    39. Revocation of citizenship
    40. Retention of citizenship despite marriage or dissolution of marriage
    41. Citizenship and Immigration Board
    42. Powers of Parliament in regard to citizenship
    43. Continuation and restoration of previous citizenship

    CHAPTER 4
    DECLARATION OF RIGHTS

    PART 1
    APPLICATION AND INTERPRETATION OF CHAPTER 4

    44. Duty to respect fundamental human rights and freedoms
    45. Application of Chapter 4
    46. Interpretation of Chapter 4
    47. Chapter 4 does not preclude existence of other rights

    PART 2
    FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS

    48. Right to life
    49. Right to personal liberty
    50. Rights of arrested and detained persons
    51. Right to human dignity
    52. Right to personal security
    53. Freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
    54. Freedom from slavery or servitude
    55. Freedom from forced or compulsory labour
    56. Equality and non-discrimination
    57. Right to privacy
    58. Freedom of assembly and association
    59. Freedom to demonstrate and petition
    60. Freedom of conscience
    61. Freedom of expression and freedom of the media
    62. Access to information
    63. Language and culture
    64. Freedom of profession, trade or occupation
    65. Labour rights
    66. Freedom of movement and residence
    67. Political rights
    68. Right to administrative justice
    69. Right to a fair hearing
    70. Rights of accused persons
    71. Property rights
    72. Rights to agricultural land
    73. Environmental rights
    74. Freedom from arbitrary eviction
    75. Right to education
    76. Right to health care
    77. Right to food and water
    78. Marriage rights

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