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Post Referendum statement
Harare Youth Assembly
for Democratic Change (MDC), Harare Youth Assembly congratulates
Zimbabweans for overwhelmingly endorsing
the new supreme law of the country in the just ended referendum,
this was despite the lack of information on the draft and the suspicious
composition of ZEC. The new supreme law is a progressive step towards
a democratic dispensation which can catalyse development of our
The Youth assembly
however implores legislators both from our party and other progressive
formations to apply due diligence and vigilantes in the process
of realigning the laws of the country to suit the new supreme law.
We are aware of the ZANU PF antics of trying to cunningly smuggle
repressive legislative acts that will stop Zimbabwe from progressing
into a fully fledged democracy. We therefore urge our fellow cdes
to be on the lookout and warn ZANU PF to refrain from such deplorable
tactics as they will be rejected by Zimbabweans who are now hungry
for a democratic dispensation.
The recent assault
of our activist, Brian Musarurwa in Chikomba East and the intimidation
of Obert Masaraure, a Member of Parliament hopefull for Chikomba
during a campaign meeting, the arrest of human rights activists
Jestina Mukoko and Beatrice Mtetwa amongst others are a clear reflection
that ZANU PF is neither repentant of its old ways nor willing to
embrace the dawning democratic order. The Assembly entreat the youth
of this country to desist from violent conduct in the forthcoming
elections and campaign peacefully for progressive parties. We further
beseech the Police service to show impartiality when handling cases
of political violence because your actions are under scrutiny and
you will be answerable in the beckoning new order. JOMIC should
also escalate its activities to foster a culture of tolerance within
our society. We however, urge Zimbabweans to remain steadfast in
our more than a decade old struggle for a democratic society.
should continuously mobilise each other to register as voters and
go on to participate in the watershed harmonised elections earmarked
for later this year and ensure the victory of a principled party
the MDC. We are however irked by the slow implementation of critical
reforms which will guarantee a free and fair election. We demand
the urgent reform of the security sector which is currently being
misdirected and misled by the unprofessional and incompetent trio
of Chiwenga, Chihuri and Bonyongwe. We urge President Professor
Welshman Ncube to reign on the other partners in Global
Agreement to expedite the reform of this key sector.
The Media Reform
process has been riddled with potholes deliberately created by the
chief Media hangmen, Tafataona Mahoso and George Charamba. In separate
interviews before the parliamentary portfolio committee on Media
last year, Charamba promised that AIPPA
would be repealed after the conclusion of constitutional reform
and Mahoso promised to license independent broadcasters in 2013.
To that effect Mahoso and his Broadcasting Authority in Zimbabwe
(BAZ) only issued two controversial licences, one to Zimpapers sister
broadcaster Star Fm and another to ZANU PF activist (Supa Mandiwanzira)
owned ZiFM. The licensing was marred with controversy and all the
principals have ordered the media phobic Mahoso to license other
players in more transparent manner with President Ncube standing
tall in this respect.
It is our resolve as an Assembly that some repressive acts pertaining
to the media should now be scrapped as they infringe on fundamental
freedoms captured in the new law thus making them unconstitutional.
Such acts include Official
Secrecy Act, Interception
of Communication Act (ICT), Criminal
Law (Codification Reform) Act. Even more worrying as been the
setting up of the Interception of Communications Unit (ICU) just
outside Harare by the Military Intelligence which is meant to monitor
social media platforms like twitter and facebook. The Zimbabwe Media
Commission should now be entrusted with the overall responsibility
of spearheading the self-regulation of the media and all forms of
licensing media players should be scrapped in line with the Banjul
declaration and which as a party will immediately adhere to after
winning the next election later this year .
To date only print media which fall under the armpits of ZMC has
seen new players being licensed. We know print media is what Dr
Wallace Chuma a South Africa based Lecturer once described as a
“ dying medium” in his critic on media reform in Zimbabwe.
The newspapers are read by less than a tenths of the Zimbabwean
population as the majority can’t afford to buy them . Our
constitution reform was characterised with lack of information to
the general public because of an over reliance on print media. The
assembly demands the immediate full reform of the media before the
elections so that the electorate can vote wisely after accessing
manifestos of different political parties and political players.
The African societies have a long history of relying on oral tradition
which makes it imperative for more broadcasters to be licensed so
that information can be communicated effectively in our country.
Although the new electoral act 2 of 2012 gives Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission (ZEC) independence and also usher critical electoral
reforms, the appointment of dubious partisan characters in the mould
of Justice Makarau and Kazembe in the commission is an affront to
democracy and their appointment process does not satisfy the constitutional
provisions for appointment of commissioners in new supreme law and
should therefore be reviewed and revoked. Z.E.C secretariat is still
composed of the same partisan lot that presided over fraudulent
elections in 2008. The vote of Zimbabweans won’t be safe in
the hands of this secretariat since the bulky of the staff are from
the partisan Central Intelligence outfit. Given the complacence
of other Principals to address the issue we urge President Ncube
to push for these critical reforms before the next election to avoid
of June 2008.
Lastly the adoption of the new constitution should now be succeeded
with rationale voting process where the general public should critically
analyse the calibre of leaders who intend to assume office before
entrusting the nation to them. In Mugabe, Zimbabwe is presented
with an old president who have exhausted all his governing tactics
in the past 33 years of disappointment and still promise to run
down our economy by his destructive policies. The MDC on the other
hand presents Zimbabwe with a credible, duty conscious , democratic
and shrewd tactician in the mould of Prof Welshman Ncube who can
steer Zimbabwe out of stagnation to prosperity. A vote for Prof
Ncube is a vote for a prosperous green Zimbabwe that will be achieved
by our A.C.T.I.O.N.S economic blue print.
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