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Constitutional Amendment 18 of 2007 - Index of articles, opinion and anaylsis
SADC mediated talks between ZANU (PF) and MDC - Index of articles
on Constitutional Amendment Number 18 and the SADC talks
September 29, 2007
the special index of articles, analysis and opinion on Constitutional
takes note of recent changes made to the Zimbabwe constitution by
the two main political parties in Zimbabwe. MISA-Zimbabwe also takes
note of the SADC initiated talks between the MDC and ZANU PF. We
believe that if these talks are held with sincerity and participation
by all interests groups, Zimbabwe's many challenges might
concern that the recent changes to the Zimbabwe constitution have
been prematurely celebrated as marking a new era in the fortunes
of Zimbabwe. We, therefore, question and caution that the Zimbabwe
crisis cannot be reduced to a constitutional debate. And neither
will the recent constitutional changes solve the fundamental problems
affecting Zimbabwe. More still need to be done to change a political
culture, characterised by serious repression as a result of bad
laws, violence, fear and intimidation. We remind ZANU PF and the
MDC that the challenges Zimbabwe face are multifaceted and cannot
be resolved by the two parties alone, more so in secrecy. All organised
groups, religious bodies, business and political parties have an
interest in the present circumstances and future of Zimbabwe. It
is in this regard that mechanisms have to be found for all players
to be involved in the constitutional reform process as well as contribute
to any process in which the future of Zimbabwe is under discussion.
For this reason, we remind ZANU PF and the MDC that any future processes
on issues of the constitution should be all encompassing and also
that the crisis of governance we face should be addressed more broadly
beyond constitutional reforms.
further cautions colleagues in civil society not to take absolute
positions that might be detrimental to an amicable settlement to
the Zimbabwe crisis. The SADC initiative, flawed as it is, presents
a starting point to pressurise politicians for inclusiveness and
a broad discussion on the challenges facing Zimbabwe. As MISA-Zimbabwe
we believe that repressive laws including AIPPA,
of Communications Act among many others should be repealed and
the rights of the media and free expression guaranteed constitutionally.
We remind colleagues that apart from bad laws Zimbabweans needs
to relook at their political culture and value systems. As MISA-Zimbabwe
we take note that the bombings that the Daily News suffered were
a heinous criminal act that cannot be explained in constitutional
terms, but in terms of a political culture of impunity, hatred and
inculcating fear. For this reason we urge that we look at the challenges
we face more broadly. Civil society has an obligation to remain
true to the principles that we stand for. But at the same time we
should reflect on our actions and positions so that we do not miss
opportunities to be part of a solution to the Zimbabwe crisis.
Long live Zimbabwe!
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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