NCA to discuss new constitution at Congress

The National Constitutional Assembly is set to hold its 6th Congress in Harare next month when Zimbabwe’s new constitution, which the body says is not people driven, will be discussed “to map the way forward”.


The Congress is set for September 28 in the capital.

In an interview with The Zimbabwean, NCA spokesperson, Blessing Vava, said delegates at the Congress are set to interrogate several issues around the new constitution, which the assembly opposed in March during the constitutional referendum, set to be among the top issues on the agenda.

“Since its formation in 1997, the goal of the NCA has been to have a new constitution that is people driven. Now, the people have a new constitution but we are saying that it is not people driven. This is among the issues that the NCA is going to interrogate and come up with a new position concerning the way forward,” said Vava.

He said the congress would set the framework that would guide the NCA in its operations as well.

The congress, Vava said, would also involve the election of the NCA’s leadership from the National Task-force as well as provincial and constituency structures.

“All positions will be declared vacant and members who feel have got what it takes to take leadership positions will be free to contest,” said Vava.

He said the holding of the congress had been delayed from 2011 due to the political dynamics in the country which had affected their programming.

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