WHENEVER someone who is in power wants to carry on doing something that they know is illegal, they start by complicating simple things.
In Zimbabwe, by establishi
ng a bicameral legislative system which has complex procedures with numerous hidden points of access, those in power continue to deny ordinary Zimbabweans their right to fight minority rule.
Since a bicameral legislature is not necessary for representational purposes, it is acceptable to assume that this has been done to remove any prospects of rule by the majority and to lessen the representation of the preferences of the mass public.
There is nothing wrong with the members of the same family being interested in the same profession. Zimbabweans are a civil, peace-loving people who appreciate the efforts of a set of brothers or a couple wanting to improve the well-being of the people by standing in elections.
When voted for, these individuals then work very hard and diligently stand for the best interests of their people. What is taking place in Zimbabwe, however, is somewhat different from what the reasonable mass public thought was going to happen after 1980.
Historically, a bicameral legislature would represent somewhat different socio-economic groups. Now with “clans and families” having taken over the senate, we wonder if this has been done to protect the interests of a certain group of individuals keen to bleed Zimbabwe dry.
There is nothing that the senate is going to change. In fact, more could be done with a simple, straightforward and transparent unicameral parliament in which decisions on what to do with the homeless and unemployed are reached more quickly.
This however had to be done away with since it was less costly and was threatening to bring about accountability.
Having said this, a certain group of individuals who have been faithful to their earthly master had to be assured of positions thereby creating a system whereby their hold on power is maintained and that the same position becomes an inheritance for the same “clans and families” in coming generations. If this sounds a bit far-fetched for some, can you convince us otherwise?
Lastly, if there is anyone who thinks that Zimbabwe is their own private enterprise, let it be known that no business or non-profit corporation would put up with two boards of directors.