The State must take all practical measures to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in Chapter 4 and to promote their full realisation and fulfilment.
This clause, in the final COPAC Draft (1 February 2013) appears under the heading - 13 National Development. Empowerment is treated separately, in Clause 14, as below.
14 Empowerment and employment creation
The State must—
1. All The State and all institutions and agencies of government at every level must take reasonable measures, including affirmative action programmes, to ensure that the youth, that is to say people between the ages of fifteen and thirty-five years—
2. An Act of Parliament may provide for one or more national youth programmes.
3. Measures and programmes referred to in subsections (1) and (2) must be inclusive, non-partisan and national in character.
16 March 2013
The Constitutional Referendum will be held on 16 March 2013. Polling stations will be open for 12 hours between 7am and 7pm on polling day, but Eric Matinenga, the Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, has said he plans to lobby the 'powers that be' to have polling over two days. This is because very high turn out is expected on the day.
29 June 2013
If the draft constitution is accepted by Zimbabweans, the Cabinet Taskforce responsible for aligning the new constitution with existing laws has until 29 June to do so. 29 June is the last day of seating for the 7th parliament. The taskforce is made up of: Patrick Chinamasa, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, Tendai Biti, Eric Matinenga and the three Copac co-chairs Douglas Mwonzora, Paul Mangwana and Edward Mkhosi.
15 - 30 July 2013
Zimbabweans could vote in the first harmonized elections under a new constitution anytime between the 15th and 30th July this year.