Voting yes to the Copac constitution will be an act of folly!

November 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

Hope is a good thing, may be the best of things because when everything else says “Give up!” it is hope alone that says “Hold on!” As Kipling so aptly put it:

“If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’”

But hope, like everything else, is a good thing only when it is backed by sound reason and judgment. When hope is based on irrational reason and poor judgment; it becomes an act of folly.

When the King of Troy saw the giant wooden horse left by the Greeks outside his city walls he brought it into the city because he was desperate to see it as a sign from the Greeks that they had given up after laying serge of Troy for years. Sound reason said ‘Do not trust the Greeks!’ In an act of folly the King ignored the sound reason and the Greek soldiers hiding in the giant horse cause the downfall of Troy.

After 32 years of the Mugabe dictatorship the nation is pining for change and the people will happily take Prime Minister Tsvangirai and the MDC leadership’s word that the Copac draft constitution before them will bring the democratic change they have been dying for! All the evidence on the ground however says the draft is too weak and feeble to end the country’s culture of violence, deliver free elections and safe guard the right to life. If the people of Zimbabwe vote yes to the Copac draft, then it will be one of the nation’s worst acts of folly!

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