Takudzwa Mazwienduna is the informal leader of Zimbabwean Secular Alliance and a member of the Humanist Society of Zimbabwe. This educational series will explore secularism in Zimbabwe from an organizational perspective, and some more.
Here we talk about constitutional aspects of a humanist organization, and more.
Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Many organizations come with policy statements and governance documents. These set the boundaries of operation or scope of the organization. What is the progress on the constitution for the Humanist Society of Zimbabwe?
Takudzwa Mazwienduna: The Humanist Society of Zimbabwe drafted a constitution before it got registered. It covers all the aspects that relate to the organization and was approved by all the members
Jacobsen: What will be some of the upcoming policy statements of the Humanist Society of Zimbabwe?
Mazwienduna: There hasn’t been any talks about new policy statements lately, the organization’s priority at the moment is to mobilize members.
Jacobsen: Who are the drafters of these first constitutional and policy documents?
Mazwienduna: The interim chair Shingai Rukwata Ndoro and the interim secretary Tapiwa Muungani were the authors of the constitution.
Jacobsen: What are some things to keep in mind while developing such documents for the construction of a humanist society?
Mazwienduna: We maintained ideas of equality, fairness and cooperation when the constitution was drafted. We also defined our relevance in the framework of the national constitution.
Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, Takudzwa.
Mazwienduna: It’s always a pleasure Scott, thank you.
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