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Mbeki should educate Obasanjo on law

I HAVE just heard the news that Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku has thrown out the application by Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede to compel Zimbabweans with foreign parents to renounce their entitlement to foreign citizenship if they w

ish to remain Zimbabwean citizens.


This decision by Chief Justice Chidyausiku is yet another victory for democracy in Zimbabwe.


What I want to point out to Olusegun Obasanjo is that Mudede had removed some of the people with foreign surnames from the voters’ roll in the run-up to the March 2002 presidential election. These people were denied their right to vote, and this further justifies the need for a re-run of the presidential election in Zimbabwe. Obasanjo is one of the African leaders who said Mugabe was legitimately elected, and I am not too sure if he realises his mistake now that a ruling has been made against Mudede. I challenge him to make a public statement regarding Mugabe’s legitimacy after this latest development.


I appeal to President Thabo Mbeki to educate General Obasanjo on the laws of Zimbabwe, and to advise him to carefully study his text before making public statements which portray him as biased towards the tyranny which has caused us so much suffering in Zimbabwe.


If Mugabe knew he did not steal the election, he would not be delaying the hearing of Morgan Tsvangirai’s election petition in the courts.


I was disappointed to read in Mugabe’s response to an appeal by Tsvangirai to push for a quick hearing of this case in the courts in which he says there is no urgency in the matter, when he knows only too well that all the suffering we are going through is because of his illegitimacy as head of state.


Mugabe is no longer the people’s leader, and he should simply accept this reality and go peacefully.


Benjamin Chitate,

Harare.

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