Hold everything: MDC-T threatening to boycott elections again!
February 28, 2013 in Uncategorized
“In a statement today the MDC also repeated its Conditions for a Sustainable Election in Zimbabwe (COSEZ), without which the party would not participate in any election,” said a MDC Statement.
So the election boycott is back on the agenda again!
On 29 January 2013 MDC Secretary General, Tendai Biti, told the media MDC will boycott the elections if the “hooligan” CIO and military officers in ZEC are not replaced
Two days later on 31 January 2013 MDC National Organising Secretary, Nelson Chamisa, denies MDC ever said the party will boycott the elections.
“The people of Zimbabwe have embraced the MDC and have placed their hope in the party;” Chamisa said “hence, whatever the magnitude of the persecution from which ever quarter, the people will vote in their numbers for a new beginning and real transformation which will be brought about by the MDC government.”
Read in that, MDC will take part in the elections no matter the level of violence Mugabe and Zanu PF visits on the MDC supporters, how many and beaten, raped and murdered.
Now boycotting the elections is once again back on the agenda. So what has change? What are these COZES? As usual with MDC it is all a confused and confusing mess.
The first condition is “The adoption and implementation of an agreed new (Copac) constitution for Zimbabwe.” This Mugabe can argue that he is doing, frankly he cannot wait to see it adopted.
The other conditions require parliamentary legislation, like the repeal of POSA and AIPPA which MDC should have done years ago given the party had parliamentary majority.
“Media reforms that include the issuing of community radio licenses to impartial and none partisan organizations,” is another condition. Again MDC should have pushed this through years ago so that by now there will be a truly free and vibrant media in the country. Even if licenses were issued now to some of the independent radios like S W Radio Africa they will not have the time to set up and play a meaningful role.
This is just Prime Minister Tsvangirai and his MDC party at their indecisive best and flip-flopping from boycotting to not boycotting position depending on how their political winds blows.
The people of Zimbabwe should just vote no in the referendum so the agreed reforms can be implemented which will clear the deck of Mugabe and his Zanu PF dictatorship and the serial flip-flopping Tsvangirai and his MDC!