MDC will boycott the elections “if Zanu PF-aligned spies working in the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) secretariat are not flushed out”, reported Daily News Live. This is only begs the question: has this dysfunction GNU competent completed the tasks, implementing the democratic reforms and producing a democratic constitution, so that the country will have free and fair elections whose outcome will not be disputed?
“We are not going for polls if these hooligans are the ones still in charge of running the elections,” MDC Finance Minister Tendai Biti told a news conference. “It is well that (SADC) observers are going to be sent to monitor the elections.”
MDC claims Zec is full of intelligence (CIO) and military officials.
It is not for me to question the validity of MDC’s claim or discount the negative effect of presence of the said “hooligans” would have on the whole electoral process and results. What I am questioning is why MDC has failed to ensure these were addressed and sorted years ago.
MDC has had five years to implement all the democratic reform and write a democratic constitution. At the end of the five years of this dysfunctional GNU we find not even one of the reforms has been meaningfully implemented and they produce this Copac constitution that is not even worth the paper it is written on.
If the agreed democratic reforms had been implemented timeously and the respective institutions restructured and re-staffed, if necessary, to ensure their independence and effectiveness in carrying out their respective functions then there would none of all kerfuffle of “hooligan” running a key institution like Zec!
Whilst no one objects to the presence of elections observers; the nation must rely on its own robust democratic constitution and institutions to deliver free and fair elections and not outside election observers. Zimbabwe is supposed to have spent the last five years making sure it has a robust democratic constitution, etc.
It is none other than Minister Biti and his party leader, Prime Minister Tsvangirai, who are arguing Zimbabweans to approve the Copac constitution knowing fully well Zimbabwe’s constitution and institutions are not robust enough to deliver free and fair elections. Once the Copac is approved Mugabe will not even be interested in implementing any reforms even if MDC threatens to boycott the elections. The referendum is the point of no return!
If the elections go ahead with the hooligans still in Zec, MDC will lose some parliamentary seats; the biggest losers will be the nation whose democratic vote would once again have been denied and have to live with the consequences of yet another imposed government to emerge.
Zimbabweans must disregard the MDC lies that this dysfunctional GNU has done near enough to deliver free and fair elections and vote NO in the referendum. Only a no vote will force the full implementation of the agreed reforms and the writing of a democratic constitution instead of the Copac rubbish now before us!