The issues that hinder Africa’s progress are real and prominent. Like grim reapers, poverty, hunger, famine, diseases, civil wars, dictatorships and droughts among other challenges surround Africa.
Every Constitution has provisions that determine the powers that a President has. In the Current Zimbabwean Constitution the President has very extensive powers.
The Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration (the Organ) was established more than 3 years ago under the Global Political Agreement (GPA), in recognition of the need for National Healing. The political parties represented in the GPA, agreed, among other things, that they would ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity and place of origin and that they would give consideration to the setting up of a mechanism to properly advise on what measures might be necessary and practicable to achieve national healing.
Asked to name the basic human rights, people mention education, shelter, the right to vote, the right to identification and many others. Having any one of these human rights infringed causes people to take to the streets. The human right that only a few people have taken to the streets about is the right to Water - the right to clean, sufficient, safe, physically accessible, affordable water. Zimbabwe has had water issues for far too long and sadly the Unity Government has been doing nothing but tossing the responsibility for this problem around like a hot potato.
It is interesting to note that the media has portrayed the perception that ZANU PF is sensing victory in the forthcoming elections. This of course is judging by comments made by high profile members of government, including the President himself. The President is quoted as having said, “This is a chance we have been given by God. Corruption is the order of the day in the MDC and they have not looked at the people's needs.
- Gender equality
Did you know that the current Lancaster House Constitution does not explain what founding principles it is based on? That’s not a big deal-right? Wrong. It is important to define these principles.
Why are the founding principles important?
The founding principles of a constitution are important for the following reasons:
Today is World Mental Health Day with this year's theme being "Depression: A Global Crisis".
The aim of having a day which highlights Mental Health and especially depression is to raise awareness and bring this important health issue, which is often trivialised, into the open to get people talking about and understanding it.