Copac kicked Diaspora Zimbabweans in the teeth: now it is payback time!
January 30, 2013 in Uncategorized
If you are a Zimbabwean in the diaspora then you have, like many others in the same situation, lost interest in the Copac constitution after what many (rightly too) feel was a betrayal by MDC.
There are millions of Zimbabweans now living outside Zimbabwe, running away from the political repression and/or for economic survival. Outside Zimbabwe or not you are still Zimbabweans and thus entitled to have a vote; that was not asking for too! This dysfunctional GNU’s decision in the Copac constitution to deny Zimbabwean outside the country a vote is unfair and unjust. Whilst one would accept that the targeted sanctions against Mugabe and some Zanu PF members would put that party at a disadvantage if the vote was extended to Zimbabweans living in those country where the travel ban exist; there was no reason why the vote was granted for the countries with no ban.
If it was a question of cost, then a R40 or US$ 20 administrative charge would have cover the extra cost.
The heaviest blow the Copac constitution dealt to the Zimbabweans in the diaspora was denying those Zimbabweans their birth right to remain a Zimbabwean citizen if they take up citizenship of another country.
It is tempting to throw in the towel and let Mugabe do as he pleases (which he is, make no mistake about that) but what most Zimbabweans in the diaspora do not seem to realise is that this Copac constitution seeks to short change Zimbabweans within the country’s boarder too. This Copac Constitution is so weak and feeble it is not going to deliver the right to life and the right to free and fair elections; two of the most important and must have rights any constitution worth the name must guarantee.
Prime Minister Tsvangirai and his MDC friends betray Zimbabweans in the diaspora and those in the country too. MDC is lying to the people about taking unspecified “steps and benchmark” to make sure the GPA agreed reforms, necessary for free and fair elections, are implemented. The party has failed to get these reforms implemented in the last five years because Mugabe did not want the reforms and the tyrant is not going to have a change of heart now.
Once Mugabe gets his yes vote for the Copac rubbish he is going to roll out his Zanu PF terror machine, well grease with all that Marange diamonds money, and the nation will have a repeat of the 2008 orgy of violence. PM Tsvangirai is lying that he will stop the violence occurring again.
The only way to stop a repeat of the 2008 violence and another meaningless election in which the people are denied a meaningful vote is by making sure the Copac constitution is rejected during the upcoming referendum. A no vote will force the implementation of all the reforms and writing of a truly democratic constitution in which the rights of Zimbabweans inside Zimbabwe and outside are safe guarded and assured.
The referendum is a game of numbers; if every Zimbabwean in the diaspora explained to ten Zimbabweans back why they must vote NO and those in turn talked five other Zimbabweans to vote NO too, the NO vote will carry the day. This Copac constitution is bad for us all and unless we unit and have it thrown out in the referendum then we will all suffer for generations to come!