Mugabe will never do anything to risk rejection of Copac: he would even kill to secure a yes Vote: I bet!
November 21, 2012 in Uncategorized
A week ago the Copac constitution writing process was “deadlocked” because Mugabe was insisting that it was up to him and his two fellow principals in the GPA to make the final decision on what draft the nation will vote on. MDC-T spokesman, MP Mwonzora has just announce a “breakthrough”; Mugabe has accepted that parliament will make the final decision. It was all much to do about nothing really!
This Copac draft constitution took THREE and HALF YEARS to write. Other nations like Egypt and Tunisia who too have had to come up with a new constitution took six months or so to draft their constitution: we took seven times as long and, probably, paid seven times as much and, to crown it all, our Copac draft is rubbish!
The Copac draft took all these years to write because Mugabe wanted the document to be carefully crafted to give the impression that he was giving up his dictatorial powers when in reality he was not. Everyone who has read the draft agree it will do nothing to end Zimbabwe’s culture of violence and it will not deliver free and fair elections. The two MDC factions accept this and hence their initial insistence that the agreed democratic reforms must be implemented. I say initial, because in the last few weeks the two parties seem to have completely forgotten their demands for reform.
Sadly it is not the first time both PM Tsvangirai and Professor Ncube have made a string of political demands in the morning only to ignore them before sunset! Only the politically naïve would believe Mugabe would risk this Copac draft being rejected by the people in the referendum by amending it; he knows he will still have all his important dictatorial power after it is passed. Only the gullible would believe even for one moment that Zanu PF would vote NO to this Copac draft.
A NO vote in the referendum will mean going back to the drawing board and write a new constitution and implementing the agreed reforms. That is something Mugabe will not want to see happen because he knows he will not have the same free hand as now to dictate the outcome.
So all this talk of Copac draft constitution process being “deadlocked” one week and then a “breakthrough” in the process the next week is just another one of Mugabe’s delaying tactics to remind everyone he is the boss.
I am not a betting man but I will do so this time: I will bet my bottom dollar Mugabe will do NOTHING to risk Copac draft being rejected and that he will go all out for a YES vote! Indeed if the NO vote should be strong, he will intimidate, rape and even kill to secure a YES vote. Any takers?