Professor Moyo, captain of Zanu PF hardliners, supported Copac all along and want nation to make “bold” mistake and vote yes!”
February 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
“For some of us who remained optimistic that the constitution-making process would come to fruition, we were not really surprised that finally all the parties in the GPA are singing from the same hymn book,” wrote Professor Jonathan Moyo.
Yes, I could not believe my own eyes too! When the draft Copac constitution was first realized in July 2012 Professor was the captain of the guard of the Zuna PF hardliners who castigated the Zanu PF representatives on Copac as sell-out for giving in to MDC demands. No doubt it was the Professor himself who penned off most of the 266 amendments Zanu PF hardliners wanted included in the new constitution. So now none other than the captain of the Zanu PF hardliners is himself leading the charge to proclaim they had all approved the process all along.
So what was all the hu-ha about the sell-out and the 266 amendments was all for theatrical effect. It was just another good-cop bad-cop trick Mugabe and Zanu PF were playing on the people. They wanted the people to accept the draft without any close scrutiny for fear the Zanu PF hardliners would impose a worse constitution. Well, if the truth be told, it worked.
If the people had read the July 2012 Copac draft they would have immediately realized that it was not going to safe guard most of their basic rights including the right to own property, the right to free and fair electoral vote and not even the right to life itself. The people’s fear of worse from the Zanu PF hardliners stopped them rejecting the draft.
There can be no doubt that the Copac constitution was “dictated” by Mugabe, a tyrant, as Zanu PF’s Copac representative MP Mangwana has already admitted. MDC’s twiddle-dee and twiddle-dumb just rubber stamped it. All the talk of “all the parties in the GPA are singing from the same hymn book” is Zanu PF propaganda!
Professor Moyo is arguing Zimbabweans to vote yes to the Copac rubbish and not reject is as they did to his 2000 draft. “That was a moment of madness which the majority voted “No” as it meant that as a nation we rejected our own starting point and we chose to be stuck with a colonialist-inspired document,” wrote the “mad” professor.
What the Professor clearly fails to appreciate is that Zanu PF had deliberately undermined and amended the “colonialist-inspired” Lancaster House Constitution (LHC) making it worse not better that it was in 1980. Even then the 2000 Zanu PF inspired constitution would have left the people worse off than they were under the amended LHC.
This time Zimbabweans have a chance to get a democratic constitution, which is what was agreed in the GPA; the people will short change themselves if they are to settle for this the Copac rubbish and let this historic chance go by.
“As Zimbabweans, we should be a proud nation and acknowledge that we should make decisions and we should not be afraid or ashamed of it even if we make the wrong decisions, we should be bold enough to make them,” argues Professor Moyo in his usual rhetorical way.
Professor Moyo knows he cannot convince even a child that to accept a constitution that will not deliver even the most basic and fundamental rights will not be making a mistake, a mistake the nation should rightly be ashamed of. So he is arguing the nation based on some totally misplaced sense of national pride to “be bold enough to make” the mistake and vote yes to something we all know we will live to regret. That is not being bold but plain stupid.
Zimbabweans have been denied their basic rights amongst them the right to a free and fair vote without fear, intimidation or violent abuse for 33 years; it is time we claimed our birth right. Vote NO in the referendum and force the full implementation of the agreed democratic reforms without which there will never be free and fair election ever!