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  • Zanu PF at it again
    Youth Forum
    July 13, 2009

    In a typical mafia style ZANU PF has single-handedly disrupted the so called all stakeholders constitutional conference scheduled for Harare International Conference Center on the 13th and 14th of July. This has put weight to the suspicion that ZANU PF had deliberately called for the postponement of this conference, which was supposed to be held on the 10th of July, to mobilize against 'anti-Kariba draft elements'. This had followed overwhelming opposition of the use of Kariba draft as the only reference in crafting the constitution.

    Any man or woman of average prudence could smell a rat with the levels of tension exhibited by shouting, singing, clapping and whistling against each other by ZANU PF and MDC-T supporters who had taken their seats by around 8:30 am, eagerly waiting for 'the historic moment of inputting in the constitutional making process to kick start'.

    All hell broke lose around midday when visibly drunk ZANU PF thugs led by Saviour Kasukuwere, Minister of Youth, Empowerment and Indigenization who is also a party cadre, Joseph Chinotimba, a war veteran, Patrick Zhuwawo, ZANU PF Director of Youth and Nyasha Chikwinya, a former ZANU PF Member of Parliament. They abruptly entered into the conference room singing revolutionary songs denouncing all those against Kariba Draft. The Speaker of Parliament Hon L.N Moyo had to prematurely conclude his welcome remarks, following furore which had taken precedence.

    When he moved from the podium glasses and jars were seen going towards all directions from this group of hoodlums which had taken over the center stage. Pandamoneum intensified as more than 3000 'delegates' started to flee for their dear lives. Riot Police only arrived after 20 minutes of serious confusion and as usual they arrested MDC and Civic Society activists who were by then trying to defend themselves.

    The implications of such actions are that people of Zimbabwe are no longer secure hence they cannot express themselves freely in this constitutional making process. The benchmarks of the Constitutional Making Process as set in the Global Political Agreement will not be met. Trust which has been built from the inception of the inclusive government has automatically been lost by all important partners. ZANU PF has obviously proven beyond reasonable doubt that it is a party of great deception and insincere in all its dealings.

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