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Thirst for power
in Zimbabwe Coalition
December 11, 2006
The decision by the majority of ZANU
PF provinces to use their self-serving conference to be held in
Mashonaland East province from December 13 to 17 to postpone the
2008 Presidential election to 2010 under the guise of fiscal prudence
has no precedence in the partys management of the national
economy since independence in 1980.
Instead, the agenda of ZANU PF which
opposition forces and civic organizations should unite to resist
should be located in the partys succession wars, Mugabe's
unquenchable thirsty for power and the economic meltdown that will
not assist ZANU PF's cause in 2008.
The argument that ZANU PF wants to
synchronize presidential and parliamentary polls as a way of saving
tax-payers money does not convince Zimbabweans who know how the
party has been abusing national funds in the past 26 years. The
holding of senatorial elections on 26 November 2005 eight months
after the parliamentary poll in March vindicates the Coalitions
cynicism about the fiscal discipline argument.
Zimbabweans are aware about how the
War Victims Compensation Fund was looted by ZANU PF and government
officials; the ZUPCO saga, the Pay For Your House Scheme, the National
Oil Company of Zimbabwe (NOCZIM) and Willowgate scandals. These
cases indicate that the ZANU PF government should not mislead Zimbabweans
into believing their propaganda of attempting to postpone the presidential
election under the guise of saving money.
It should be noted that in 1987 ZANU
PF brought about the executive presidency through Constitutional
amendment Number 7 without a referendum to get the views of the
citizens. What is about to happen if not resisted is similar to
that scenario where the ruling party consults itself and determines
the destiny of millions of Zimbabweans without their consent. This
is inline with Mugabe and his partys one-party state ideology
and the "dear leader" mentality.
Secondly, this attempt to delay the presidential election is
a reflection of the succession battles raging in ZANU PF. The party
now wants to delay a constitutional poll in order to resolve its
succession cannibalism. If the idea is to have both the presidential
and parliamentary polls together, why not cutting the life of parliament
to 2008 ? It is our submission that Zanu PF has no candidate to
succeed Robert Gabriel Mugabe hence another reason for delaying
the presidential poll.
Tinkering with the constitution by introducing
another amendment without introducing fundamental changes in the
administration of elections is undemocratic and will not assist
to resolve the governance crisis in the country. In fact these cosmetic
changes clearly indicate the urgent need of a comprehensive, new,
democratic and people-driven constitution in Zimbabwe. Any other
way will not assist ZANU PF or anyone to return the country to democratic
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