Land and the new Zimbabwe Constitution - Lloyd Msipa


ZIMBABWEANS are on the verge of writing a new Constitution. The last substantive Constitution of Zimbabwe was the Lancaster House Constitution. It was foisted on the country through a rigorous process of negotiations and compromises between our former colonisers and our then new crop of leaders that led the war of liberation for Zimbabwe.

The residual document, the Lancaster house Constitution, has been our supreme law for the last thirty years with nineteen amendments to date. Zimbabweans are in agreement that this document has outlived its usefulness. Zimbabweans are currently consulting on the possible contents of a new constitution.

What is significant with this new constitutional consultative processes currently taking place in Zimbabwe and indeed abroad is that Zimbabweans have this tremendous opportunity to craft their own supreme law taking into consideration our tumultuous history over the last thirty years. No peoples in Africa have thus far had the opportunity to redress post-colonial land imbalance by way of a constitution, which is the unique situation Zimbabweans find themselves in.

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