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Writing was on the wall

I AM surprised that Tafataona Mahoso and the editor of the Sunday Mail could not see the writing on the wall in the Zengeza parliamentary by-election of March 27/28.

if”>Indeed some people have eyes, but do not see; and they listen, but do not hear or understand.

Surely, nobody in their right senses would argue that the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is slowly falling into oblivion in urban constituencies on the basis of what we saw in Zengeza. In fact, people are slowly losing confidence in the entire electoral process because of government-sponsored political violence and the general breakdown of law and order in the country.

Apparently, voter apathy in Zengeza was a silent protest by urban voters who have been harassed and punished for exercising their constitutional right to vote for representatives of their choice in the general and municipal elections of 2000 and presidential election of March 2002.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police has degenerated into an armed wing of Zanu PF. As we speak, Tafadzwa Musekiwa, then MP for Zengeza, is now exiled in the United Kingdom following a violent campaign against MDC members and the mysterious death of MP Learnmore Jongwe.

Our Electoral Supervisory Commission which was hand-picked by the president of Zanu PF, Robert Mugabe, always declares elections as free and fair despite overt violence and intimidation of voters ahead of the polls. Further, Harare Mayor Elias Mudzuri was vicitimised for serving the residents who voted him into office.

Now unjust laws such as the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Aippa) and the Public Order and Security Act (Posa) are passed in parliament despite objections from the opposition because our constitution was amended to allow Zanu PF 30 uncontested seats (10 traditional chiefs, eight provincial governors and 12 non-constituency MPs).

In a nutshell, we cannot possibly return to democracy through the ballot given our flawed constitution and the partisan ESC. But contemporary history has shown us that the era of dictatorships is now past. We have learned important lessons from the Taliban of Afghanstan, Saddam Hussein of Iraq, Charles Taylor of Liberia and most recently, Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti.

Brian Gata,


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