NCA Press Release: 14 July 2011
The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) youth Assembly leadership today 14 July 2011 converged at Bumbiro/Isisekelo House (NCA Headquarters), Harare to strategise and come up with a clear roadmap for the young people ahead of the referendum and beyond. And to map out a concrete programme on how we galvanise youth to attain total socio-political and economic freedom in our lifetime. In a bid to create an ideologically sound, political youth assembly to be, organisationally the most definitive in the struggle for freedom and a new constitution.
The meeting which was attended by all the provincial and constituency representatives resolved:-
• To embark on a massive recruitment program for the young people to join the NCA.
• Called for the immediate stop of the COPAC process to pave way for an Independent Commission to start a fresh process that will involve the young people and different sectors of society
• To intensify the Take Charge Campaign in communities through demonstrations, meetings, rallies and road shows to encourage Zimbabweans to reject the COPAC constitution if the government goes ahead with this process
• To mobilise the young people to go and register to vote in the coming referendum
Noting the escalation of political violence cases being reported in various parts of the country, we wish to state that as the Vanguard movement of the organisation, we will not sit idle instead we will join hands with our mothers in their campaign against political violence targeting women in building response mechanism to address the scourge of politically motivated violence. We therefore call for our structures to be more energetic, radical and militant as we engage the bigger struggles ahead.
We dismiss with contempt calls by the ZANU PF politburo which is insisting on having elections being held this year and we declare that any election to come should be held under a genuine constitution written by the people of Zimbabwe.
We resolve to be at the center of the struggles for social, political and economic transformation and will intensify in all fronts to ensure that young people have access to free education, free healthcare, housing, and many other social needs. We therefore call upon the government of Zimbabwe to urgently address the plight of the civil servants who constitute the bulk of the country’s working class.
The NCA Youth Assembly will continue working with other progressive forces locally and regionally. Like minded organisations like the Young Communist League of South Africa, South Africa Students Congress (SASCO) and Swaziland National Union of Students. We take this opportunity to demand the immediate release of jailed student leader Maxwell Dlamini, who was arrested by the dictatorial monarchy of King Mswati on the 12th of April this year. We hereby denounce the iron-rule style of Mswati and call upon the people of Swaziland to remain resolute and united and fight until Mswati is toppled.
We re-affirm Section 7 of the Zimbabwe Peoples Charter adopted at the People’s Convention on the 9th of February 2008, as the strategic goal of the youth of Zimbabwe and that everything we do should be directed towards attainment of the Peoples Charter objectives. We therefore commit to ensure that the we should re-assert and concretely programmatise the Peoples Charter as focus of the movement post the referendum. Below is Chapter 7 of the Peoples Charter
7. Youth Believing that at all given times the youth, both female and male, represent the present and the future of our country and that all those in positions of leadership nationally and locally must remain true to the fact that our country shall be passed on from one generation to the next, The People state that, in order for each generation to bequeath to the next a country that remains the epitome of hope, democracy and sustainable livelihoods, the following principles for the youth must be adhered to and respected: The youth shall be guaranteed the right to education at all levels until they acquire their first tertiary qualification.
The youth shall be guaranteed an equal voice in decision-making processes that not only affect them but the country as a whole in all spheres of politics, the national economy and social welfare. • The youth shall be guaranteed access to the right to health. The youth shall not be subject to political abuse through training regimes that connote political violence or any semblance of propaganda that will compromise their right to determine their future as both individuals and as a collective. The youth have the right to associate and assemble and express themselves freely of their own prerogative.
Issued by the National Constitutional Assembly Youth Assembly
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