Cantankerous Mugabe refuse to delay referendum: “Madhuku has no right to stop us”, he argues!
February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized
Mugabe says Madhuku has no right to ask for the referendum date to delayed to allow adequate time for the electorate to study the Copac Constitution.
“It is not true that the announcement of the date was without prior warning. This process has been going on for four years and it was public knowledge that in terms of the Global Political Agreement the draft constitution was to be put to a referendum,” Mugabe said.
What a nonsensical argument from a cantankerous tyrant! It was Mugabe himself who has dragged out the constitution writing process all these four and half years; disrupting the conferences and outreach programs; throwing out everything the public had said because he and his Zanu PF party did not want it; spend years horse-trading, changing this today and that tomorrow; etc. He did all this just to wind everybody up and show them he is the boss before he finally “dictated” this Copac Constitution. And now before the people have not even had a chance to see this piece of rubbish they are being harangued into voting.
“The deponent does not say what gross injustice would be occasioned,” Mugabe’s affidavit says.
The gross injustice is that the people are being asked to vote on this very important national document without being given the chance to read and digest what it says!
In his founding affidavit, President Mugabe said it was up to the people of Zimbabwe to decide on the day of voting whether or not the time given to analyze the draft was adequate.
Zimbabweans will be asked whether or not the approve this Copac constitution, there is no third box for “not time given to analyze the draft constitution”! Zimbabwe has already wasted five years and over US$ 100 million writing this Copac Constitution, let us have a meaningful referendum .
“A membership of 120 000, which is denied, cannot hold an entire country to ransom,” continued the affidavit. That is rich, coming from the man who has held this nation to ransom all these 33 years!
Mugabe has corrupted everything and everybody in Zimbabwe including the Judges; they are all paid generously complete with new Mercedes Benz car allowances and they all had a pick of the farm seized whites. We all know just how desperate Mugabe is to get a yes vote. He knows more and more Zimbabweans are waking up to the reality they are once again being conned into accepting this Copac rubbish when voting no and forcing the implementation of the reforms will save the nation’s best interests; he cannot allow this to happen. If the Judge rules in Mugabe’s favor it would not be because that was the right and just thing to do, he or she will be paying back for the Mercedes Benz, etc.
This is a matter of great national importance and to force people to vote without allowing them a chance to at least read what it is they are accepting or rejecting is wrong. To allow this to happen on a technicality imaginary or otherwise is itself a travesty of natural justice.
The UNPD and all the donors who have promised to fund the elections must take note and inform this repressive regime that they will not fund the elections if the people are not allowed reasonable time to read the Copac Constitution before they vote in the referendum.