DARE intensifies campaigns

The Democratic Assembly for Restoration and Empowerment(DARE) has intensified their parliamentary by-elections campaigns in Harare as they near the fateful 10 June election day.

DARE has four representatives vying for the parliamentary positions namely Ephraim Muzzah for Kuwadzana, Washington Madure for Dzivaresekwa, Reginald Musika for Glen View and Brian Shamu for Kambuzuma. This is DARE’s first ever election since the formation of the party in March 2014 under the leadership of Mr. Gilbert Dzikiti.

Intensive door-to-door campaigns have been carried out in the respective constituencies with the president himself helping the candidates reaching out to residents. The party has received positive responses from the residents in the constituencies they are campaigning for.

However, financial woes have tried to sink the party’s campaign but the candidates have stood strong in the face of difficulty.

“We are facing a lot of problems due to financial problems,” party deputy spokesperson commented,”It is hard to campaign on a zero budget. However our candidates have shown dedication and commitment by parting with the little they had to support their campaign. Some party members have also sacrificed from their pockets but it is not enough.”

Victory looks certain however, for the candidates who have braved the weather and put aside their difficulties and problems to campaign.

DARE YOUTH MOVEMENT DRAFT CONSTITUTION

DARE YOUTH MOVEMENT
DRAFT CONSTITUTION

CHAPTER ONE
ARTICLE 1: PREAMBLE

WHEREAS the DARE Youth Movement (hereinafter referred to as “DYM”) is an organ of the Democratic Assembly for Restoration and Empowerment (DARE) and is established in accordance with Article 7 of DARE Party Constitution; DYM is committed to the ideas of democracy, meritocracy, peace and youth empowerment.

The Youth movement shall play an active role in emancipating the young people of our nation who are emasculated by lack of resources, ideologies or education. In so doing, the DARE Youth Movement shall strive to achieve fundamental social-economic change for all young people and the working class. It shall unite the young people of our nation to take their rightful place in the affairs of the country.

Proud of Zimbabwe’s history of struggle and the achievement of freedom from the white minority rule by the people of our country.

Recognizing our responsibility to protect and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Zimbabwe;

Determined to ensure that the freedom that our people won is defended, restored and the values that are enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Zimbabwe are deepened in our society;

United in our resolve to establish a united, non-sexist, non-racial, democratic, prosperous and inclusive society and a Zimbabwe identity we all share;

Committed to the improvement of social conditions and the lives of young people, to free the potential of each person, and to strengthen social cohesion, hereby undertake to redouble our efforts to build, restore and strengthen a cohesive society that celebrates diversity by upholding the fundamental values of respect, integrity,

Hunhu/Ubuntu, compassion, openness, accountability and solidarity.

ARTICLE 2: NAME
The name of the organisations shall be DARE Youth Movement; herein referred to as DYM.

ARTICLE 3: LOGO AND COLOURS

ARTICLE 4: AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
DARE Youth Movement shall:

1. Ensure that the Zimbabwe youth society make a full and rich contribution to the work of the DARE and to the life of the nation;

2. Promote unity and patriotism among young people in Zimbabwe;

3. Strive and work for the educational, moral and cultural upliftment of the youth;

4. Promote among the youth the spirit of international solidarity, peace and friendship with other nations;

5. Champion the general rights and interests of the Zimbabwean Youth and working class

6. to inculcate in the youth patriotic spirit, hard work, self-reliance, respect and love for cultural values and traditions, and the need to be willing catalyst in the process of nation building and the creation of a non-exploitative, non-oppressive and democratic society;

7. fully participate in the promotion of the culture of selfless and voluntary service towards the struggle against unemployment, ignorance, illiteracy and all types of social ills in the Zimbabwean society;

8. promote and protect common historical heritage such as monuments and sites and to develop exchange programmes amongst the youth of Zimbabwe so that there could be greater awareness about the country, its history, natural resources and beauty. In addition, to protect the Zimbabwean environment and sustainable utilization of Zimbabwe’s natural resources;

CHAPTER TWO

ARTICLE 5: SPHERE OF INFLUENCE
DARE Youth Movement shall operate on a national, provincial, constituent, zonal and ward level. Other structures shall be created for co-ordination and implementation purposes and will enjoy delegated powers.

ARTICLE 6: RELATIONSHIP WITH THE DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY OF RESTORATION AND EMPOWERMENT

1. The DYM shall be a voluntary youth organisation and a mass organ of DARE.

2. The DYM shall function as an autonomous body within the overall structure of the DARE of which it shall be an integral part. It shall be based on the political and ideological objectives of DARE.

3. Members of Youth Movement over the age of eighteen (18) shall be obliged to join and participate fully in the general political life of DARE.

4. The Youth Movement shall liaise closely with DARE at all levels (national, provincial, district and zonal levels)

Membership
4.1. Membership is open to all persons aged 16 to 35 years

4.2. Only members who are 18 and above are eligible to vote and be voted for

4.3. Application and membership shall be received and considered by the Youth League at Branch level

4.4. A subscription fee will be paid annually by members which shall be determined by the National Congress

4.5. An application may be declined on the following grounds:
Over-age
Under-age
Non-citizen of the Republic of Zimbabwe

ARTICLE 7: Organisational Structure

The Youth League branches will be in accordance with those of the Party but with a minimum membership of 30.

7.1. Composition
7.1.1. Branch Committee
Branch Committee elected office bearers
Chairperson
Deputy Chairperson
Secretary
Deputy Secretary
Treasurer
Organiser
Two committee members

7.1.2. Regional Committee
Regional Committee elected office bearers
Chairperson
Deputy Chairperson
Secretary
Deputy Secretary
Treasurer
Public Relations Officer
Project Coordinator
All Branch Chairpersons and Secretaries

7.1.3. Provincial Committee
Provincial Committee elected office bearers
Chairperson
Deputy Chairperson
Secretary
Deputy Secretary
Treasurer
Public Relations Officer
Project Coordinator
All Regional Chairpersons and Secretaries

7.1.4. National Executive Committee
N.E.C elected office bearers
President
Deputy President
Secretary General
Deputy Secretary General
Treasurer
Public Relations Officer
Project Coordinator
Organising Secretary
Other members being the Provincial Chairpersons and the Secretaries shall be additional members of the NEC

8. The National Congress (N.C)
It is the highest decision-making body of the organisation and its decision shall be binding upon all members
The N.C shall be held once every two years during October and shall elect the National Executive Committee of the organisation
The N.C shall attended by three delegates from each branch

8.1. The National Council
Shall be the second highest decision-making body in the organisation in which urgent policy matters and general matters may be discussed
Meet once every three months for scheduled meetings

8.2. The National Executive
Be accountable to the DARE Youth Movement
Hold scheduled meetings every two months

9. Duties and Responsibilities of Officers

9.1. President
Responsible for the execution of the constitution
Chair all meetings of the organisation
Coordinate all duties of the organisation
Be a signatory to all finance related matters
Be ex-officio to all sub-structures of the organisation
Prepare and present the President’s Report at the N.C

9.2. Deputy President
Shall deputise the President in his/her absense or when he/she is unable to perform his/her duties, or when he or she is unavailable to perform duties consistent with this constitution, except in finance-related matters
Perform such duties as may be assigned to him/her by the President and the NEC
Be responsible for all other activities which are not provided for by the current portfolios

9.3. Secretary General
Chief custodian of the documents and assets of the organisation, except finance
Be responsible for the processing of all correspondence with any person or bodies of the organisation
Deputise the president in the absence of the Presidency
Convene all scheduled meetings of the organisation, N.C or NEC in consultation with the president
Prepare and present the SG’s report at the N.C
Be a signatory to all finance-related matters

9.4. Deputy Secretary General
Record all proceedings of the organisation
Perform all other secretarial duties as may be assigned to him/her by the Secretary General, except in finance-related matters

9.5. Treasurer
Be responsible for all finance and financial policies of the organisation
Be responsible for all financial transactions, records and accounts of the organisation
Prepare and present an audited financial statement to the N.C
Be signatory to all matters pertaining to finance
Head the fundraising and finance committees of the organisation together with PRO.

9.6. The Public Relations Officer
Be the Chief Marketing Officer of the organisation and head of publicity and media sub-committee of the organisation
Be responsible for the public relations of the organisation
Manage the production of all publications, notices and other forms of communication of the organisation

9.7. Project Coordinator
Be responsible for all the projects of the organisation
Heads the projects sub-committee of the organisation
Be responsible for overseeing all the projects of the organisation

9.9. The Organising Secretary
Be responsible to liase with other political parties
Be responsible for political education of the organisation

10.1. Powers and duties of the National Executive Committee
Management and control of the organisation
Execution and implementation of resolutions of the organisation
Convening of meetings of the organisation
Facilitate the establishment of sub-committees
Suspend any member of the Executive who brings the name of the committee, organisation or party into disrepute
The President shall assume control of these meetings and shall have power to request any member who is considered unruly to leave
The President shall powers entrusted by the Constitution to perform functions of the organisation and of the leader thereof

10.2. Powers and duties of the PEC shall:
Be similar to those of the NEC but only on provincial matters

10.3. Provincial Federal Congress(PFC) shall:
Be the highest decision making body of the organisation on provincial matters
Be held once a year and shall elect the PEC

10.4. Powers and duties of the REC shall:
Be as those of the PEC, but only on regional matters
The Regional Congress(RC) shall be held annually and shall elect office bearers

10.5. The Branch Annual General Meeting shall:
Be held once a year and elect office bearers and provide reports from the BEC
Branch General Meeting will be held once a month or as the BEC might deem it necessary to discuss organisational matters

10.6. Corporate Financial Powers
The executive shall:
Through the Treasurer, administer in the interests of the organisation such funds as may be received by it from time to time, including the accounts of the organisation.
Receive donations and other forms of financial assistance to the organisation which will be decided upon by the N.C
Have a cheque account which must have three signatories as provided below:
– President
– Secretary General
– The Treasurer, provided that none of the signatories above shall be deputised in all matters relating to finance.

11. Term of Office
11.1. A member of the executive committee shall:
Hold office for two years running from September to September of the second year
Not hold office subject to maladminstration, expulsion and disqualification consistent with this Constitution.

11.2. The entire Executive can be impeached and an interim executive be elected by show of hands in a National Council meeting

11.3. Termination of Membership
11.3.1. A member of the Executive shall cease to hold such office:
When he/she is no longer a member of the organisation
When a vote of confidence has been passed on him/her in a NEC meeting, consistent with this Constitution
When he/she has seriously violated this Constitution
When he/she is automatically disqualified including failure to attend three scheduled meetings of the executive without reasonable apology; and
Expulsion by the organisation
If and when he/she resigns voluntarily
Upon death

11.4. Elections and By-Elections
Any eligible member of National Council and National Congress shall be eligible to nominate, to be nominated and to vote

11.5. Elections
Elections shall be held during the National Congress
All elections shall be by secret ballot and must be certified, free, fair and democratic
The Electoral Commission, headed by the Deputy President of the Party shall administer and run the elections until the results are announced

11.6. Voting
There shall be at least one polling booth
There shall be no voting by proxy
A voter may cast as many votes as there are contested positions provided there shall be one vote for each position

11.6.1. Electoral Commission
The President of the Party shall form a commission for the purpose of administering elections, provided that members of the Executive shall not be part of it

11.6.2. By-Elections
Voting shall be by show of hands at NC, after each nomination has been seconded
No member may be nominated in absentia

11.6.3. Nominations
Nomination shall not be on the same day as elections
A nomination paper shall contain the consent – signature of the nominee, including signature of the nominator and a seconder
Campaigning shall be optional, provided it cannot be within a 50m radius of the polling booth