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Parliamentary Monitor: Issue 28
Monitoring Trust (Zimbabwe)
April 04, 2012
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to Politicians: On elections
elections? Whose elections? For an anarchist, “They would
have banned elections if they worked!”
We may not be
anarchists but ordinary Zimbabweans, crying out to be heard when
it comes to issues that affect us. We may have ordinary voices,
but these have extra-ordinary impact. It is in this vein that we
have decided to write an-other letter, this time to the politicians
who are engaged in a mortal combat over when and how to go for ballot
again. As Zimbabweans, disturbed by talk of elections and the anxiety
and panic it has caused us, we seek to ad-dress you on significant
issues we feel should be looked at.
is premised on the supposition that elections are necessary but
not an end to democracy. There are other tenets which we will not
address as we should be short since most of you have tight schedules.
We do not doubt the necessity of elections, they give us the chance
to punish or reward public officials. Elections also keep elected
officials on their feet. As such, we are always eager to cast ballots.
However, when you talk of elections this time around, we are not
as eager as we should be. Maybe it is because of the past. But another
thing that worries us is the discord we have seen in the call for
elections. These are elections for Zimbabweans and we strongly believe
that the nation cannot go in with such discord. It may not be too
harsh to say the discord at your level and cascade to our level
and you are sowing seeds of disharmony and violence. We are not
to prescribe but suggest that as leaders of this country, why nt
come to a common ground with regards to elections. We have more
things tying us than tearing us and the elections issue should be
taken not as a mortal combat but a time for rewards and punishments.
We urge you, like you did three years ago, to come together and
agree on something to save and serve this Great Nation. As it stands,
you want to disagree into an elections with dire consequences!
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