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Participation in any constitutional making process should ensure that all the views from the communities around the country are taken on board by the policy makers. Civil society ,social movements , the business community, policy makers, among others have an important role to play, in ensuring the voices of the marginalised are captured in the final document.

The all stakeholders constitutional conference which was held on the 13th and 14th of July 2009 in Harare,Zimbabwe attempted to bring all views and ideas from the broader community in ensuring that the country's vision is guided by fundamental principles of people centred participation, respect for divergence and respecting the freedom of expression.

whether the outcomes of the conference did manage to address the concerns of everyone is yet to be realised.

My hope is to see an informed citizen who is fully confident in the constitutional process in as far as it addresses the daily bread and butter issues into the citizen's lives.

If that is not adequately addressed, then the struggle has not even started.



Katie McDonald's picture

Thanks for the update

Thanks for the update on the recent stakeholders constitutional conference in Zim. It sounds like it was a great forum for different voices to speak out. Please do update us again if and when the outcomes of the conference are implemented. I do hope that these voices do not fall on deaf ears.

Best wishes,


Chimwemwe30's picture

Thanks for the feedback Katie

Thanks for the feedback Katie and will ensure that I inform you and the rest of the WP family around the constitutional debate....

Tafadzwa R.Muropa

Maria Cuellar's picture

I also believe that informed

I also believe that informed citizens are the solution to true democracy, but I am interested in finding out how much the lack of proper education can lead to citizens not using their rights of "participation, respect for divergence and respecting the freedom of expression" to the fullest.

In other words, I think that if only people had better education (which should be the government's obligation) they would be able to express their ideas in a more effective way, and they would have a fairer rule. So the government should address the problem of poor education first.

What do you think about this? How do you think the problem has to be adequately addressed?

Thanks Maria for the feedback

I think there is more to it than the government not adequately enlightening its citizens. Our education system for the past 20 years was among the best in the African region but as from 2000-present date, due to the economic and political crisis, the quality of education has gone down..

I think the reason why people do not actively and aggressively engage the government has to do with the fear that the state has instilled in the people. over the years, people have died for having declared their right to freedom of expression...

so there has been some apathy where people just focus on their day to day activities and not engage actively in politics , for they fear what might happen to them in the name of democracy.

It's a complex issue but through sharing ideas and information , I hope I can learn more....

Tafadzwa R.Muropa

Sharese's picture

Welcome, my friend!


I agree with you that if the grass-roots level issues are not addressed, then the struggle has not even begun! Thank you for your insight. Zimbabwe has a special place in my heart as one of my best friends grew there and works in a school there now. She, you, and women like you both are a big part of what is going to build back Zimbabwe to the "great house of stone" that it is meant to be.

In spirit I stand beside you in peace and love.


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