Zim Vigil and me have common destination but following different routes!
February 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
Dear Zimbabwe Vigil,
Let me say I support the excellent work the group has done over the years. I salute all you members’ staying power; whilst many of us protested what Mugabe has been doing for a few weeks a few months at most, you have continued the protest for over ten years!
Regarding the statement on your web site: “Vigil supporter Wilbert Mukori has been urging us to campaign against the constitution but we felt our energies should be devoted to what is really important: free and fair elections. Indeed, we have been dismayed that so much time and money has been devoted to the ludicrous constitution at the expense of more vital things.”
I am writing in the spirit of debate and not criticism.
My first point is that we are both fighting for the same thing, free and fair elections. We are going to the same place; the difference is which route to take. The Copac constitution is now on the table and the people will be voting on it on the 16 March 2013; these are two political realities no one can do anything about.
If people vote yes in the referendum; then they would accepted the constitution which I believe is rubbish but the nation will move straight into elections. With things as they stand there will be no avoiding a repeat of 2008. There will be no free and fair elections.
If, on the other hand, people voted NO then the nation will be forced to revisit the tasks agreed in the GPA and get the reforms implemented and a democratic constitution written and the hold elections. This course of action will deliver free and fair elections.
You proposed route, if I understand you correctly, if to pressure SADC to force the GNU to implement the reforms and completely ignore the referendum. We you can do that but SADC cannot because the Copac constitution and holding the referendum are accepted milestone along the SADC roadmap.
Whilst the referendum is asking people’s view on the Copac constitution they will, like it or not whether or not they are aware of it or not, be voting on whether what this GNU has done will deliver free and fair elections. A yes vote in the referendum is therefore a yes we are happy for the elections to go ahead.
There many negative and precious few positive things one can say about SADC but one of those precious few positives is the regional body DOES NOT WANT A REPEAT OF 2008 in ZIMBABWE. However is people vote and say a repeat of 2008 is what they want SADC will have no choice but to accept.
If people vote no then SADC can step in and help to see to it that the reforms agreed in the GPA and those you are asking are implemented this time.
Zimbabwe Vigil can petition SADC all they like; there is nothing SADC can do until 16 March 2013 and if the yes have-it then there is still nothing SADC can do. Think about it; you will see I am right!