Magaisa PM Tsvangirai adviser, defending Copac: some adviser!
February 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
This opinion piece like the Copac constitution it is meant to support is not worth the space it occupies!
“Clearly disappointed by the “No” vote in the 2000 referendum, Zanu PF had thrown a tantrum and abandoned constitutional reform as a non-issue. The MDC consistently fought for a new constitution and the fact that the process has taken place and that the draft constitution has been achieved is down to MDC’s patience, persistence and resilience of the people.” Alex Magaisa wrote.
The need for implementing democratic reforms and write a DEMOCRATIC constitution was agreed by all parties in the GPA. SADC played a key role in the set tasked agreed and yet we are being told something else here!
Implementing the democratic reforms has been a key task and having the Copac constitution with the reforms has been like buying a new car but without the engine. Copac on its own without the reforms will never deliver free and fair elections. Who are you fooling here but yourself!
“The Copac draft does a far better job than the current constitution in both respects.” We are told.
You were tasked to produce a DEMOCRATIC constitution and not “something better than the current constitution” There are no democratic credentials in Copac to talk about are there?
“The principle of checks and balances, under which the powers of one arm of the state are checked and balanced by one or more of the other arms, is a critical part of the draft constitution.” You say. So where are the checks and balance between the ZRP, Judiciary, etc and Mugabe in the Copac rubbish? Indeed the reforms if you lot had implemented them would have ensured the independence of this institution and a change of guard in many cases.
MDC has tried to get Chihuri, Tomana and a few others replaced but having clearly failed the party now pretend we can still have a none partisan Police, etc. with these individuals still running the show. Get real!
“The Copac draft makes it very clear that the defence, police, intelligence, correctional services and the civil service must be politically non-partisan and must serve the national interest without the constraints of politics.” You say.
This simply will not happen without implementing the reforms.
If this is what you have been advising PM Tsvangirai then he should get a more competent adviser, you are a waste of time!