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be warned on diaspora vote
July 18, 2011
One could argue
that, in the forthcoming elections, the Diaspora vote could be potentially
MDC-s most effective means of sweeping to power. However,
reports that the Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister
Morgan Tsvangirai appears helpless in safeguarding that vote in
this month-s Electoral
Amendment Bill could have far-reaching implications.
If Mugabe can
just change any law unilaterally, regardless of the will of the
people as expressed through their representatives in parliament,
so why is MDC in Parliament?
Presidential temporary emergency powers and the prerogative of mercy
which have been abused at election time can be abolished or amended
so as to be vetoed by Parliament among many checks and balances
which are long overdue on the Zimbabwe-s executive presidency.
It would be
very reckless and suicidal for MDC-T to lend Zanu-PF a hand in disenfranchising
millions of Zimbabweans who were forced to leave the country due
to circumstances beyond their control and are living under very
difficult conditions abroad hoping for one opportunity to vote the
regime out of power peacefully.
the Diaspora vote is restored in the Electoral Amendment Bill is
the sole responsibility of the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai and
the MDC led by Welshman Ncube since Zanu-PF is opposed to it. To
safeguard the Diaspora vote is not an act of charity. It is a national
duty. The experience of the GNU
has been so agonising and regrettable that no sane person wants
it for any day longer.
MDC-T and of
course the other MDC and Zanu-PF are better advised not to underestimate
the power of the Diaspora to campaign vigorously against any injustices
perpetrated by the coalition government in Harare. Feigning poverty
in order to deny millions of displaced Zimbabweans of their right
to vote in the most decisive and historic poll would be grossly
mischievous and short-sighted.
Given the traditional
Zanu-PF ritual of politically motivated violence, abductions, torture,
murder and destruction of property, any hope of free and fair elections
in Zimbabwe minus the Diaspora vote is irresponsible.
The MDC-T will
have no-one to blame but itself if the Diaspora is disenfranchised
through the Electoral Amendment Bill now before Parliament. Similarly,
MDC-T should not underestimate the ability of the millions of people
in the Diaspora to fight for their democratic right to vote and
even if it means falling out with former allies.
One would have
thought that the MDC-T has learnt enough lessons from its experience
in the coalition with Zanu-PF-s perennial cry of anti-sanctions.
Today it-s Zanu-PFmoaning about targeted sanctions and asset
freezes. Inevitably, there will be new candidates if the MDC succeeds
in disenfranchising millions of Zimbabweans forced to live as second-class
citizens abroad, thanks to Mugabe-s dictatorship.
Enough is enough,
especially after the MDC agreed to the Electoral Amendment Bill
in its flawed condition in Cabinet and also voted
for the Chinese loan deal for a spy centre which has the potential
of causing human rights violations in Zimbabwe. What more harm is
worse than disenfranchising your own people? Don-t say we
did not warn you.
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