The Copac constitution is not fit for purpose: it is the Mona Lisa to Mwonzora!
November 8, 2012 in Uncategorized
“Wilbert, the Copac draft constitution will not stop Zimbabwe’s culture of violence or deliver free and fair elections,” conceded Mariko. “Prime Minister Tsvangirai knows that and that is why he has said he will ask SADC to force Mugabe to implement the agreed reforms including the security sector reforms.”
“Mariko, these reforms should have been implemented by now,” I replied.
“We all know that. And you are right too; whatever those reforms were they should also have been incorporated in the Copac draft constitution. The truth is, it is hard to see how these reforms can be enforced in any meaningful way when they are not founded in law, in the constitution.
”It is hard to see what SADC can do,” continued Mariko. “As usual, the PM himself does not know what exactly he expects SADC to do!”
“Well the more reason we should reject this Copac draft,” I replied.
“The thing is SADC would back the writing of a new democratic constitution if this Copac draft was rejected in the upcoming referendum. What people like you, Wilbert, do not understand is that Prime Minister Tsvangirai and his follow MDC leaders cannot reject this Copac draft. No now!” Mariko leaned over and thumbed every word after but. “Copac draft is rubbish but that is the only thing they have to show for their four years in this GNU. Mwonzora carries that draft as Leonardo Da Vinci carried his master piece, the Mona Lisa!”
The penny dropped!
We are destined to live in this ramshackle of a constitution Tsvangirai and Mwonzora built although it is self-evident it will be cold in winter and hot in summer and come the first rains, it will collapse; in short it is not fit for purpose. Still we have to leave in it because this is the best Tsvangirai could build and it is the only thing he can boast about as having accomplished!
We are stuck with a constitution that will not even deliver the most basic rights and freedoms and, worse still, we are now expected to vote yes as if it was truly constitutional master piece!