Biti Propose Ditching Copac, Ditching Democractic Reforms and Holding Yet Another Bloody Election – Summer Madness!
January 16, 2013 in Uncategorized
Finance Minister Tendai Biti tell an Investment Conference in London the GNU is considering abandoning the Copac draft constitution in favour of holding new elections under an amended the Lancaster House Constitution (LHC).
After five years of endless and mindless bickering, this dysfunctional GNU now admit it has failed to agree on a final Copac draft constitution for the nation to vote on in a referendum. The problem is unless the GPA democratic reforms are implemented then there is no way the elections are going to free and fair and that problem must addressed and not swept under the carpet.
Zanu PF is proposing all the provisions in the Copac draft it has accepted can be added into the LHC as Amendment 20, while the disputed provisions fall away retaining the status quo on issues such as presidential running mates, devolution, presidential powers, constitutional court, land commission, peace and reconciliation commission and the attorney general’s powers. The two MDC partners in the GNU are reportedly considering the proposal.
What makes this proposal is doing nothing to ensure the democratic reforms everyone agreed in the GPA are necessary for free and fair elections are implemented. For the last five years this dysfunctional GNU has kicked the reforms down the road and now these clowns want the reforms into the tall grass and forgotten.
It is unthinkable to go through yet another election process in which the electorate are once again denied information to make a meaningful selection because there is no free media; denied their vote because their name is once again deliberately left out of the voters roll; or worst of all, the electorate subjected to the orgy of political violence of 2008 to force them to vote for Mugabe and Zanu PF.
Since the GNU has clearly failed to implement the reforms necessary for free and fair elections and holding elections without the reforms is simply unthinkable; the nation must appoint a new body to implement the reforms. Just because this dysfunctional GNU lacked the political will and vision to do all that was necessary to ensure all future elections are free and fair; that does not mean this task is no longer important and critical – it is the key to good wholesome government. If these GNU clowns cannot carry out this important and critical task – after five years of bickering, they clearly have failed – the nation must find other Zimbabweans who can!
It should be for the Zimbabwean people to decide whether to have another bloody election process or get the reforms implemented before any new elections. All these GNU clowns want is grant themselves another five-year term on the gravy train at the end of which none of the reforms would have been implemented and there will still be no guarantees of free and fair elections. It would folly to follow these GNU clowns down this vicious circle.