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Zimbabwe activist hits back at critics who say he's in bed with
Shoko, Mail and Guardian (SA)
June 07, 2013
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says those criticising him were being malicious and were jealous
of his successful court application to set an election date.
the political activist who successfully
took President Robert Mugabe to the Supreme Court to set an election
date, is angry that he is viewed as fighting in Zanu-PF's corner
in the push for early polls.
Last week, the
court ordered Mugabe to proclaim
dates for elections and ensure that they are held no later than
July 31, a development vehemently opposed by Prime Minister Morgan
Tsvangirai and Welshman Ncube, the leaders of the Movement for Democratic
were swift to accuse Mawarire and his Centre for Elections and Democracy
in Southern Africa of fronting for the ruling party in attempts
to push for early elections.
also accused of being a mole, working closely with a Zanu-PF politburo
member, Jonathan Moyo, who has been advocating June elections.
In an interview
with the Mail & Guardian on Wednesday, Mawarire said his decision
to take Mugabe to court was not political.
as well have seen questions that people have been asking in the
newspapers pertaining to when the elections would be held. That
motivated me," he said.
considers himself a "humble, law-abiding citizen", said
those criticising him were being malicious and were jealous of his
successful court application and the work of his nongovernmental
problems when people think I function for another human being. The
only being that uses me is God and any insinuation to the contrary
is mischievous …
is anyone who assisted me in making this decision, it is my wife
and no one else," he said.
He refuted allegations
that his organisation had strong links to Moyo, the former minister
of information and publicity.
don't employ Professor Moyo. He has not indicated he wanted to work
for us. We think he has a much bigger role to play in his party
than to seize himself with the work of our humble organisation."
his organisation was nonpartisan and had also worked with the MDC's
Jameson Timba and Nelson Chamisa.
He said it was
unfortunate that Tsvangirai and Ncube had sought to rubbish the
judgment, and Tsvangirai had inadvertently shown his ignorance of
Zimbabwe constitutional provisions.
actions are disrespectful of our courts. He is an enemy of constitutionalism,
which is fatal."
Ncube said the
courts had no right to determine the date of the pending elections;
it was the preserve of the executive.
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