Zanu PF Exposes Double Standards On Sadc Ruling

THE MDC is concerned with Zanu PF’s inconsistency after the party dismissed as “daydreaming” the ruling by the Sadc tribunal in favour of 78 former commercial farmers whose properties were compulsorily acquired during the chaotic land reform programme.

After Zanu PF berated the MDC for disagreeing with the Sadc Heads of State that the Ministry of Home Affairs cannot be co-shared, it is only logical that the regime should itself abide by the ruling of the Sadc tribunal.

The November  9 Sadc summit in Sandton, whose resolutions the MDC national council disagreed with, did not sit as a Constitutional Court and aggrieved parties had a right to disagree with its resolutions but Zanu PF will be setting a bad precedent in the region if it chooses to ignore the rulings of the courts.

The MDC believes that the course of justice should not be sacrificed on the altar of political self-aggrandisement.

It is important to note that Zanu PF has shown consistency in its brazen disregard of the rule of law. But it would be going overboard for any credible government to describe a ruling by a regional court as “daydreaming”.

Zanu PF is therefore in blatant contempt of court and it is especially ironic, coming as it does after the same party has been calling on the MDC to abide by a resolution, not a court ruling, of Sadc. Zanu PF cannot have its cake and eat it. Zanu PF cannot be allowed to continue ignoring court orders with impunity.

 Only last month, the state ignored a High Court order that 15 MDC activists abducted in predawn raids in their homes in Mashonaland West province be released or brought to court.

To date, the whereabouts of those activists remains unknown. Since 2000 there has been a systematic contempt of court rulings and the rule of law by Zanu PF.

The MDC believes in the rule of law. Zanu PF believes in the rule of force and terror.
We believe in the protection of citizens by the law, Zanu PF  believes in the tormenting, abductions, murder and rape and torture of citizens but most of all, Zanu PF should live by what it preaches.
It must walk the talk, not to talk African but act unAfrican.

MDC Information and Publicity Department.