Outreach recommendations: Mwonzora

mwonzoraHARARE - A joint chairman of member of the Constitutional Parliamentary Committee (COPAC) that is leading the constitution making process last week gave a glimpse of what Zimbabweans should expect in the new draft constitution.
Douglas Mwonzora (Pictured) who represents the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party le

Mwonzora told the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CIZC) policy conference what Zimbabweans had expressed in outreach meetings that had so far been done in provinces such as Manicaland, Mashonaland Central and Matabeleland.??

He said that people in Manicaland want two of the darkest periods in the countrys history to be commemorated. He said they wanted Operation Murambatsvina and Gukurahundi to be commemorated as part of the countrys national calendar. ??

In Mashonaland Central, Mwonzora said people had expressed their wish for a unitary state, youths of between 18 and 35 years, a peaceful country while those in Mashonaland East were said to be interested in elected provincial governors and that land be given to people who need it.

They also wanted a parliamentary seat to be reserved for disabled people and an executive president who will serve for only two terms. In Matebeleland he said people expressed their wish to have war veterans who are apolitical and the devolution of powers.

The drafting of new constitution is part of reforms meant to entrench democracy in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabweans hope a new constitution will guarantee human rights, strengthen the role of Parliament, as well as guaranteeing civil, political and media freedoms.

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