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Zanu PF desperate to stop new charter

It is clear that the issue of the constitution was never part of the  Zanu PF agenda from the word go. Events which characterised the first all-stakeholders conference meeting at Rainbow Towers and the disturbances at the constitution outreach programmes, all point to the fact that the party has been trying to sabotage the making of the new constitution. Misguided individuals, some of whom are touted as political analysts, have been lined up to rubbish the drafters and discredit the whole exercise.

War veterans have also been roped in to threaten Copac with unspecified action. Probably when they first agreed, they thought that they were going to have their way, and having realised that everything was going out of hand, disruption was their only option, which only heightened the long-held view that Zanu PF was against the new constitution. lt is therefore not far-fetched to suggest that the former ruling  party   will,  as usual,  organise to disrupt the second all stakeholders meeting to be held soon after the drafters finish compiling of our new charter. This should be guarded against.

Indications are that Zanu PF will not give the new charter the nod. But is Mugabe going to block the whole exercise and, if so, at what stage? Will he do it at parliamentary debate level or after the referendum? Or are we going to witness an unholy alliance where Zanu PF will join hands with some civic organisations to campaign for a “no” vote in the referendum, so that elections are conducted  under the current badly patched-up constitution?

Because, for all we know, President  Mugabe’s party thrives on swimming in troubled waters. They do not want the situation to be normalised as this would mark the end of their political careers. Because politics is very unpredictable, what will Zanu PF do if civic organisations that have been critical of Copac suddenly support the constitution, knowing that it is far much better than the British-imposed constitution of 1979?

Surely, if  MDC okays the constitution, there is a greater likelihood that the “yes” vote will carry the day. If this happens, will the president refuse to sign it so that it becomes a binding supreme document?

What will our Sadc brothers, AU, and the whole international community say if Mugabe refuses to sign after the people would have spoken?  What will Zimbabweans do in such circumstances? — Only time will tell!

I am quite surprised that Zanu PF still finds value in Prof  Jonathan Moyo to, yet again, be their point man in this whole issue. If they have that deficit in human resources, I am afraid they are busy digging their own grave.

President Mugabe must realise that he no longer has the supporters he had in 1980s and early 90s. He is now surrounded by pretenders and looters who are prepared to give him countless titles, sing his praises while they milk the country dry.

History teaches us that, it is dangerous for a leader to assume a cloak of infallibility. A revolution whose hour has come, cannot be stopped and indeed, our hour is now. No one can stop Zimbabwe from achieving the much desired change.

Mamuse Maunganidze, Harare.