NCA To Mobilise Zimbabweans Against Constitution

"We will, beginning this very January, together with our traditional allies- the labour and students movements,intensify the people’s community meetings and grass roots mobilisation for a genuine people driven constitution,"NCA spokesperson, Madock Chivasa  said.

He said his organization, which led the people to reject the 2000 draft constitution was opposed to the current constitution set up, where the government was taking a leading role.

The NCA together with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) and the Zimbabwe National Students Movement (ZINASU) last year held a meeting in which they opposed the current parliament led constitution making process saying it would not result in a people driven constitution.

"The constitutional movement will in 2010 intensify campaigns for a genuine people driven constitution making process. We remain guided by the historic positions of the people of Zimbabwe over the years, reaffirmed at the 2nd all people’s convention at the Aquatic Complex in Chitungwiza on Monday 27 July 2008. The Zimbabwe People’s Charter remains our futurist repository," Chivasa said.

"We unreservedly recommit ourselves to the principles and resolutions articulated 10 years ago by the National Working Peoples’ Convention as well as the first People’s Constitutional Convention in 1999 and as outlined as recently as 2008 in the Zimbabwe People’s Charter. We hold that these principles that outline what we know and believe to be a truly people driven constitution making process hold true today and remain non-negotiable."

Last year the NCA rejected the government led constitution making process recommending for an "independent, democratic constitutional reform to be initiated.

In its resolution last year the NCA threatened to mobilize support for the rejection of the constitution at the referendum if  the current process did not come up with people’s expectations.

"We resolve that if the inclusive government and or parliament does not heed our call to cease forthwith the constitutional reform process as outlined in Article 6 of the Global Political Agreement (GPA), we will actively seek a rejection of any draft constitution produced by the same process through campaigning for a NO vote should that draft be brought to a referendum," the NCA with its allies said last year.

On January 12 the consultation phase will begin in the country’s 10 provinces and will end after 65 working days.

The first all stakeholders conference in Harare last year was marred by chaos and disturbances by supporters of President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party but the leaders in the unity government Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara deploring the disturbances.

Funding had also been delaying the constitution making process but the government approved US 43 million dollars in the 2010 budget for constitution making with donors pledging to support the process.