Teachers Attend Constitution Analysis Workshop PDF Print E-mail

Educators    attending the   Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA) workshop on analyzing the contents of the Final Draft Constitution in Harare have concluded that the provisions of COPAC draft constitution are overally better compared to the provisions of the Lancaster House Constitution , hence a " yes  vote "  resolution was adopted .

 

Created:   12   March   2013

 


Teachers ‘representatives from the Zimbabwe’s   ten provinces attended the one day   workshop held in Harare on the second  of March this year where they  adopted a resolution to have  ZIMTA and its members voting yes to the draft constitution.

 
The two facilitators making presentations on the contents of the draft constitution concurred in recommending the participants to carefully analyze the provisions of the draft constitution in order to make an informed decision on whether to vote yes or no during the referendum, to be held on the 16th of March.


During her opening remarks, the ZIMTA President,   Tendai   Chikowore said, “the Lancaster House Constitution of 1979 with its numerous amendments had not adequately captured the teachers’ economic, social and professional rights; hence there was a vital need for teachers to understand the provisions of the new draft Constitution.”


Addressing delegates at the workshop, Professor   Love more     Madhuku from the University Of Zimbabwe (UZ), gave an academic perspective to the final draft constitution in comparison with the current   Lancaster House Constitution.


Acknowledgement and credit   was given to the drafters of the final draft constitution for their efforts in widening and giving emphasis on the Bill of Rights.   Mr.  Madhuku described this broader perspective as being advantageous compared to the current constitution.  Over ally the draft constitution was described as more elaborate on marriage issues.  On Education rights, the teachers were of the view that basic education needed further definition in terms of the levels referred   to as basic. Property rights and rights to agricultural land on page 44 of the draft constitution were also further analyzed.


Of major concern was the issue to do with the governance framework. The issue of increasing the number of parliamentarians was negatively criticized as participants believed the move would put pressure on the national resources and teachers resolved that the provision could be put forward for amendments.


Professor Madhuku also explored the citizenship rights and also critically analyzed the Constitutional clause on the civil service for the benefit of the civil servants attending the workshop, and participants resolved that a few amendments on the clause would  benefit the generality of civil service.  

Leaders from the Provinces attend the Zimbabwe Draft Constitution Analysis Workshop


The governance framework was also critically analyzed, and the issue of presidential powers was also discussed in accordance with the draft constitution.


A representative of the Constitution Parliamentary Committe (COPAC) member, Ms.  Jessie Majome, who is also the Deputy Minister of Women Affairs, presented a paper on the draft constitution in which she  highlighted the importance of having the new constitution and its major changes as provided for in the new draft as compared to the Lancaster House Constitution.
Majome concurred with   Madhuku that the draft Constitution ultimately made better provisions on the bill of rights. She summarized the provisions of the constitution on a chapter by chapter basis before encouraging all participants to vote “yes” on the March 16 referendum.


 

 

 

 

 

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