Look for the MUST HAVE in Copac constitution and vote on those and those alone!
January 29, 2013 in Uncategorized
In the forest of details in the final Copac constitution it is not easy to pick out the real important and critical and therefore MUST HAVE items from all the riff rough and chaff. Trust me, the document is loaded with chaff designed to generate a lot of heat but little enlightenment! This Copac constitution must be judged on whether or not it delivered the MUST HAVE items and not on the basis of those items that judged as nice or not so nice to and so would be pleased if they are included but would not lose sleep over them if they are not.
Top on the MUST HAVE list are:
1) Must deliver and guarantee the right to life
2) Must deliver and guarantee the right to free and fair elections; in which there a free media and freedom of expression, free of the scourge of political violence, etc.
Zimbabwe has this GNU because the orgy of violence in the 2008 produced an electoral result that could not be accepted as a true reflection of the democratic will of the people. It was agreed in the GPA to carry out a number of democratic reforms and write a new democratic constitution that would deliver free and fair elections whose result will be a true reflection of the democratic will of the people.
There for the acid test of the Copac constitution is; will it deliver free and fair elections, free of the scourge of violence, etc.?
The situation on the grounds speaks volumes; the country’s only TV and Radio media and the large public print media still remains an exclusive preserve of Mugabe and Zanu PF whilst the small private print media is still muzzled by repressive laws like AIPPA and POSA; the security sector continue to act in a highly partisan manner, Zanu PF thugs continue to intimidate the public, etc. There is nothing to show that the passing of the Copac constitution will change anything on the ground to ensure free and fair elections.
In the referendum the people will be voting on whether or not this Copac constitution will deliver the right free and fair elections and guarantee the right to life. Deliver these rights not in some unspecified date in the future but the very day it becomes law!
This Copac constitution will never pass the acid test, Prime Minister Tsvangirai is lying to say otherwise.
The people of Zimbabwe have no choice but to vote NO to this Copac rubbish! The right to free and fair elections should not be traded in for something as trivial as a fixed term for a president! The need for fixed terms is important only as a way of getting rid of leaders when the free vote is not assured. A dictator on a fixed term is still a dictator. To give up the surety of good leadership only a free vote can gives for the delusionary comfort of knowing a tyrant will serve a fixed term is first grade folly!