Zimbabwean to vote in the Copac referendum end of March: Donors have voted already!
January 28, 2013 in Uncategorized
It has taken this dysfunctional GNU over four and half years of endless bickering to produce the constitution, a task they had pencilled in to take one year and a half. And surprise, surprise the people of Zimbabwe will be given less than five weeks from the publication of the constitution to voting in the referendum. No doubt most of the people in the rural areas will be expected to vote yes before they have even seen the document!
How can the result of this referendum be considered democratic expression of the people’s wishes when they are deliberately kept in the dark and then herded off like cattle to a dip tank?
The international community have already cast their vote of this Copac constitution by refusing to fund the whole shoddy affair. The GNU has already sent out Finance Minister Tendia Biti to beg for the US$ 100 million required to conduct the referendum and so far the international community has not contributed a penny.
There are four good reasons why the usual donors have not been forthcoming to fund Zimbabwe’s Copac constitution referendum project:
1) The Copac constitution writing process as already costed a staggering US$80 to 100 million and most of it was paid to the country’s politicians in allowances. The politicians insisted they must take part and demanded US$ 100 a day in allowance at a time civil servants wages were US$ 200 a month!
2) The outreach programmes were disrupted by unruly Zanu PF supporters
3) Whatever was gathered during the outreach phase was completely discarded by the three political parties in the GNU as the started the horse trading on the Copac constitution.
4) The final Copac constitution was “dictated” by Mugabe and it has completely failed to guarantee even the most basic rights life the right to free and fair elections and the right to life.
The whole Copac constitution writing exercise has been such a waste of time and money to fund the referendum would be throwing more good money after bad. The only good outcome from the referendum will have to be a NO vote so the whole exercise can be repeated from scratch. It is an extravagant way to spend US$ 100 million to get the Copac rubbish thrown out; it would recklessly irresponsible if the result was to be the opposite!
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Acting chairperson Mrs Joyce Kazembe told journalists her commission was ready to begin work on the voter registration (the voters roll is still a chaotic mess with many voters’ names missing and many dead people still on the roll), the referendum and then the general poll as soon as it gets the necessary funds. With the referendum set for end of March, 8 weeks away, it is impossible to see how the commission will have all this done properly.
If a job is worth doing it is worth doing right! This dysfunctional GNU could not be trusted to organize a piss up in a brewery how can it then be entrusted to write something as important as the national constitution? Everything this GNU has done has shown just how hopelessly incompetent it is. Zimbabweans must go on mass and vote NO so that the important and critical tasks of implementing the agree reforms, writing a democratic constitution and holding a referendum are done properly and produce the desired end result of guaranteed free and fair elections and good governance!