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Constitution was written in 1979 as a cease-fire agreement. In 2000
consultations on a new constitution were carried out across the
country but Zimbabweans rejected the draft constitution for two
1) People did
not have confidence that the words they had spoken in the consultation
process had been respected and written into the constitution. The
draft presented did not seem to capture the spirit of the people's
2) The draft
did not reduce the president's powers, the presidential age limit
or his term of office.
By rejecting the 2000
draft by voting NO, Zimbabweans voted to continue on with the Lancaster
House Constitution that has now been amended 19 times and has increased
the presidential powers.
Almost 10 years
later we are once again beginning a constitutional reform process,
but this time it is because of a political agreement signed between
political parties. In the deal politicians are supposed to lead
the constitution-making process. You will hear of the KARIBA
DRAFT that politicians want to be the starting point and we
will explain some of the points in this draft to help you see that
the Zimbabwean people can write something better. WOZA and MOZA
would like to help Zimbabweans to participate so that they can take
charge of the process and help to write their own constitution.
We believe that we should help to write our own constitution from
the first sentence to the last and so we have written this booklet
to help you do exactly that.
Please study the list
of questions at the end of this document; they will help you understand
the main issues about the Constitution.
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