Via Press release: ZUPA which represents the interests of millions of economically disadvantaged people acknowledges the expressed intention of the Zimbabwe Government to craft a people driven constitution through COPAC. Having consulted our wide and diverse membership, it is clear that the new constitution for Zimbabwe must preserve the legacy of the liberation struggle, ensure a 50-50 gender balance in all elected offices, facilitate devolution in a single state, allow dual citizenship and Diaspora vote and create a Senate independent of political parties that will be the oversight chamber. All independent commissions must be committees of the independent senate that must not have any member of a political party but independent professionals able to hold politicians to account. There is also a call to raise the quality of elected officials.
We welcomed the public outreach process in good faith hoping that the input of the people would form the content of the new constitution of Zimbabwe. On that note, we welcome the decision to avail the National Statistical Report at the Second All Stakeholders Conference.
We are however concerned that the current draft done in July 2012 by COPAC appears to move away from the expressed views of the Zimbabweans and instead favours a negotiated approach between the parties in the GNU. We believe the original intention was not another negotiated Kariba Draft but a new Constitution for Zimbabwe informed by the undiluted views of the ordinary Zimbabweans. We are also concerned that whereas an estimated 4 million Zimbabweans in the Diaspora made contributions in a compiled document submitted and officially received by COPAC, Diaspora views do not appear to have been factored in the National Statistical Report percentages. The Diaspora clearly asked for dual citizenship, devolution of power and Diaspora Vote.
ZUPA is working to seek support from delegates attending the 2nd All Stakeholders conference for the following views from ordinary Zimbabweans including those in the Diaspora to be included in the new constitution of Zimbabwe.