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for Sustainable Democracy urges Zimbabweans from all walks of life,
but especially the parties to the inclusive government, to remain
strongly committed to the current constitutional outreach programme.
There is no questioning the fact that the usual suspects have thrown
all sorts of obstacles in the way and consequently it has become
such a frustrating exercise. However, it was never going to be a
stroll in the park and so cool heads must prevail.
As our tours around the
country have clearly shown there is considerable apathy towards
the outreach programme because of a general weariness of the political
process among Zimbabweans. Logistical difficulties have made an
already bad situation worse. Add to that the fact that COPAC now
needs more money to fund the process.
The United States government
has tentatively offered its support and, on behalf of the people
Zimbabwe, USD extends its warmest gratitude to the United States
government for its unwavering commitment to assisting the people
of Zimbabwe in shaping the future of their country. This is despite
all the tirade of ignominy heaped on Washington by Harare in recent
encourage every Zimbabwean to do everything in their power to help
salvage this fundamental step towards the democratisation of our
country. Even the present disruptors of the process can make a positive
contribution by renouncing their un-Zimbabwean practice of causing
devastating mayhem and instead promoting tolerance, peace and good
governance - for these are the attributes of a true Zimbabwean.
Threats from Prime Minister
Tsvangirai's MDC and Madhuku's NCA that they will soon
be campaigning for a 'NO' vote are counter-productive
in the extreme.
We strongly discourage
the politics of expediency and relevance-seeking in this country.
While it is fact that the prevailing circumstances are not conducive
to the production of a credible and people-driven constitution,
we wish to ask the question: What have the MDC, Madhuku or anyone
for that matter done to ensure the constitutional outreach programme
is run efficiently and free of interference, intimidation and violence?
The answer is a resounding and factual NOTHING!
Zimbabwe needs leaders
who will forego cheap political point-scoring aimed at maintaining
the high ground in favour of seizing this critical moment in our
The constitutional outreach
programme is a once in a lifetime opportunity- an opportunity that
must not be forfeited due to the inaction of our leaders, including
Prime Minister Tsvangirai, and their failure to prevent violence
Already tens of millions
of dollars have been spent on the process. More millions will be
spent. But an even greater cost to the people of Zimbabwe will be
that a 'NO' vote will surely allow ZANU PF to have its
way yet again. So much for good leadership!
Good leaders actually
do something when they learn of disturbances and talking from the
comfort of one's cosy chair at Harvest House, Munhumutapa
or in some office somewhere (wherever the NCA is housed) is not
good enough. In the prevailing circumstances, USD calls on the so-called
good leaders to show wise leadership by ignoring the limitations
of the process itself and concentrating more on the substance of
the new constitution. The fact is that, however flawed the process
may have been, it is likely to result in the production of a document
more akin to a constitution that what we presently have and that
should count for something. Stop the 'NO' vote nonsense
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