Copac draft versus Kariba draft

Zimbabwe is probably the most exciting country to live in at this point in time. There is no end to the fun and games, especially on the political front. Never before have we seen Zanu (PF), the former liberation movement, so disunited, disparaged and desperate than we see it now.

The fights that used to take place within that party behind closed doors are now coming out in the open. The push has finally come to the shove; it is not a nice picture. Media reports indicate that the succession dilemma has now been openly discussed in the politburo, complete with naming and shaming. This is a clear sign that the once formidable political party has now reached such a level of disintegration that even President Mugabe is shocked and frightened.

The cut-throat competition pertaining to the elections of district coordinating committee officials is a case in point, as the two major factions in Zanu (PF) compete/fight for grassroots support. Naturally, the national political commissar has been asked to clean up the mess as soon as possible. This, as we all know, is the time when the job of the national commissar becomes a high-risk undertaking.

We sincerely hope that these squabbles will be resolved amicably for the sake of our nation. I do not hold any brief for the reeling party, but I know very well that an unstable Zanu (PF) will impact negatively on the whole political system. Take, for example, the sudden preference for the Kariba draft constitution and the threat to reject the Copac draft, as expressed by Mugabe recently; what is the rationale for this?

It is obvious that Zanu (PF) is disappointed that Copac has managed to draw up one of the most democratic constitution drafts in the world. They are fully aware that going for elections under the Copac draft is like tying a noose around their own necks. They will have less than half a chance of winning even a quarter of the seats in Parliament. That is why some of them are calling the Copac draft constitution “a regime change” document.

Spin doctors working for the Commander in Chief and his disappearing party are doing their best to discredit the Copac draft. They probably forget that their own political party has an equal number of representatives on the Select Committee as the MDC. Speaking on the ZBC weekly programme covering Copac work, Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, right at the end of the show aptly cautioned Zimbabweans not to listen to “…messengers of evil,” a clear reference to some of these paid spin doctors. So what is the best way forward? My suggestion is that the nation should be allowed to go for a referendum when the Copac draft is ready. On the ballot should be the two contending drafts – Copac draft, and the Kariba draft.

The voters should vote for the draft they prefer. Whichever draft commands the majority of the votes should be adopted as the foundation law for this country.

I am certain that, if the plebiscite is free and fair, the Copac draft will be the people’s choice by a large margin, even if Zanu (PF) campaigns against it. The people of this country have reached the stage where they regard anything and everything shunned by Zanu (PF) as good for them. Chabvondoka. – [email protected]

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