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is undermining democracy in Zimbabwe
June 23, 2013
He can even
be my father (given his age, 66 years) but he deserves to know the
truth. He isn’t ashamed of himself and appears to have forgotten
that he lost
the very election held on March 29, 2008 to the Movement for
Democratic Change’s John Nyamande in Makoni Central. As we
all know, Patrick Anthony Chinamasa, the Minister of Justice and
Legal Affairs, polled 4,050 votes whilst Nyamande had 7,060 votes.
There can be no doubt that we are dealing with a reject here. A
reject isn’t a good thing and very few people for instance,
would want any recycled rejects. Zitye izitye no matter what!
been Robert Mugabe’s trusted lieutenant since time immemorial
and has been particularly useful from July 2000 when he was appointed
as the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. Following
his appointment, numerous judges have resigned complaining of political
pressure. On 9 February 2001, Chief Justice Anthony Gubbay took
early retirement at Chinamasa’s suggestion. Thereafter, Chinamasa
held meetings with senior Justices urging them to leave for their
own safety. To date, all and sundry agree that we have a compromised
judiciary in Zimbabwe. We don’t seem to have the separation
between and among the three arms of government. The current Chief
Justice, Godfrey Chidyausiku, and members of the bench are all Mugabe’s
appointees. Do we then expect such people to deliver justice to
to power in 2008 was made possible by none other than Chidyausiku
who inaugurated him following that sham election of 27 June 2008.
I don’t mean to deviate from my focus on Chinamasa; I have
just failed to avoid the temptation of digressing a bit in my attempt
to drive my point home. It is people like Chinamasa and Chidyausiku
who have entrenched tyranny in Zimbabwe. Their striking similarity
is that they are all political appointees and their allegiance is
more to Mugabe than to our beloved country Zimbabwe. It is from
this standpoint that I have concluded, and rightly so, that Chinamasa
is undermining democracy in Zimbabwe.
In case you
aren’t aware, dear readers, Chinamasa is notorious for declaring
several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) illegal, including
a leading human rights organisation, Amani Trust. Amani Trust provides
succour to victims of torture. Chinamasa justified his declaration
by claiming that the organisation was working with the British government
to unseat Mugabe from power and by implication, to also destabilise
the nation. It is a public secret today that most NGOs are accused
of being conduits of illegal regime change in Zimbabwe. I may as
well be accused of being sponsored by the British and the Americans
as well as their Western allies for me to be writing the way I am.
They don’t believe I am independent and capable of forming
my own opinions without being influenced by anybody. Such is life
in Zimbabwe since ‘independence.’
Chinamasa seized Peter Baker’s farm, Rocklands, with the help
of the police in February 2003. Eight months down the line, the
farm’s water supply had been squandered thereby undermining
its future productivity and that of neighbouring farms. Strictly
speaking, it isn’t only democracy that has been ruthlessly
trampled upon but our very economic and agricultural progress has
been defiled by this shameless and ruthless man.
What has made
me to pen this piece, however, is his (Chinamasa’s) recent
application to the Constitutional Court. He did so unilaterally,
ignoring the fact that the current Zimbabwean government is negotiated
and that its end definitely requires the same negotiation that brought
it into being. However, Chinamasa is an overzealous man out to impress
Prince Robert! Otherwise how would one describe such shameless behaviour
in a democratising world? Remember, dear reader, that mind isn’t
a jurisprudential mind and yet have a deep penchant for legal matters!
I may, after all, have to go to law school. I am still young and
can study and become a legal mind so that I won’t keep quiet
when it comes to matters related to the science and knowledge of
I am out here
to make a difference not only in Zimbabwe but also in the region
and world at large. I know the costs of dictatorship in Zimbabwe.
I am coming from a social work background and have in recent times
been typically immersed in issues of forced migration. In fact,
I am planning to undertake PhD studies in forced migration or conflict
management. Millions of Zimbabweans are here in South Africa where
I am writing from. Some are here legally and while others are irregular
immigrants. Many of these Zimbabweans in the diaspora want to go
home if things normalise there. But, as Professor Roger Zetter of
the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre observed,
“…there is no war in Zimbabwe, the ongoing instability
there, however, has produced familiar conditions of protracted exile
of probably 2 million Zimbabweans, mainly in South Africa.”
the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) remains a continuing
concern for international actors and it requires nothing but action
to secure protection and sustainable solutions to their displacement.
We are tired of destroyed homes and livelihoods, increased vulnerability,
disempowered communities, and collapsed social networks and common
bonds. It is unfortunate that Chinamasa has chosen to continue undermining
democracy in our country so that we won’t have a lasting solution
to our political and economic challenges which he, unfortunately,
played a part in bringing.
In conclusion, I continue to call upon the leadership of the Republic
of Zimbabwe to engage in positive activities that will move the
country forward, ensure its progress and stability after having
gone through 33 years of tyrannical government. I put it to you!
God bless you all.
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