NCA Pushing Zimbabweans To Reject New Constitution

April 18, 2012 at 7:39 am Leave a comment

The National Constitutional Assembly insists it will oppose the new constitution draft and campaign for people to reject it at a referendum planned for later this year.

The spokesman of the NCA, Madock Chivasa, warned the parliamentary constitution select committee (COPAC) that spearheaded the constitution making process was in for a rude awakening.

“Our campaign will be intensified in our villages, townships and farm meetings……We urge you all to be resolute and steady fast in this front line walk of advancement towards egalitarianism. Let us join hands, take charge and complete this change which is imminent,” said Chivasa in a message to mark the country’s 32 independence anniversary on Wednesday.

“As the NCA, we passed a vote of NO confidence in COPAC, since the day it was incepted, after a careful analysis that the model as articulated by Article 6 of the Global Political Agreement (GPA), was far from what the people of Zimbabwe envisaged as a process that can yield a truly democratic constitution for Zimbabwe,” he said.

Chivasa said the constitution making process should have been driven by an independent commission rather than politicians.

The NCA is a coalition of individual Zimbabwean citizens and civic organisations including, labour movements, human rights organisations, student, church and women groups and churches.

The drafting of a new constitution is one of the key reforms that President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai agreed to implement under a power sharing agreement including a raft of electoral and security law reforms to level the political field before holding new elections.

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