Dear COPAC- ZIMBABWE CONSTITUTION SELECT COMMITTEE
I write this letter as a concerned Zimbabwean citizen to query the new draft constitution. This constitution does not represent us the people of Zimbabwe`s contributions prior to the draft. We`ve been patient for a very long time to see this document come through, however our patience has not paid off. Its taken drafters a very long time to complete this exercise costing us the taxpayers a lot of money. With 75 million spent on this document we would have thought it would be the best thing ever representing what the people of Zimbabwe want. Zimbabwean people have suffered for a very long time, we cannot allow this to continue. This constitution draft is an insult to the people, the people drafting this constitution have ignored what the people of Zimbabwe want in their own constitution. My question is who is this constitution for? I believe it`s for us.
Zimbabweans do not want this constitution, we kindly ask the drafters select committee to respect our views and put the things we`ve requested. ie will list a few important things that need to be included.
1. Firstly please write this constitution in three different languages English, Ndebele, and Shona remember its for us, the ordinary people we need to understand clearly what's written.
2. This constitution should address the theft of our country's wealth and corruption should be a highly punishable offense.
3. All humanitarian crimes committed should be investigated from 1980 starting with the Gukurahundi going all the way up till today, the people of Zimbabwe need closure nobody should be immune from prosecution.
4. No land or businesses should be taken by the state without a valid reason, and if so the owners of the land should be compensated fully.
5. A president can only rule for two terms only, he shouldn’t be immune from prosecution if he commits any serious crime against his own people.
6. Every citizen should have the right to freedom of expression, and security, he or she should also have the right to education, and health service.
7. Discrimination should be a serious punishable offense.
We should remember that the constitution does not bypass the international law, as Zimbabwe adheres to it. These are some of the things that need to be addressed, more will follow .
Thank you for your time.
Vusumuzi B Ncube