“Our majority rule could easily turn into inhuman rule if we oppressed, persecuted or harassed those who do not think like the rest of us,” once said President Robert Mugabe on his inaugural independence address in 1980.
True to Mugabe’s remarks, his prophecy appear to have come true, a little bit late of course, following the historic triumph of the constitutional bill in the House of Assembly which indeed is a critical document for safeguarding people’s liberties.
It would be equally naive for the Senate as well as Mugabe to seek to overturn the highest level of consent by all parties exhibited last week when the bill was given a nod by the legislators.
Despite that from the onset Zanu PF together with its leadership had expressed contempt on the idea of a new constitution, the party seem to have remembered Mugabe’s reflections at independence, that it would be inhuman, oppressive and harassment to react angrily to dissenting voices, this time of the majority following Zanu PF’s lost status as the majority ruling party in 2008.
Sadly Zanu PF’s consent to the new constitution has been marred much with violence, heckling and at times deliberate ploys to halt the constitution-making process.
It is painful but the most naked reality for party fanatics to realise that the new constitution marks the prologue of the legally-confirmed end to Zanu PF and Mugabe’s monotheistic hegemony to political, economic and social affairs of this country.
It has become necessary to unpack this aspect in light of recent ill-informed and ludicrous claims by the now gaffe-prone rank and file leadership in Zanu PF and some misguided generals within the security realms who are continuously making irritant statements that the pen will never be mightier than the bullet.
There was never sight of bullets when legislators within the Copac team were authoring the constitution.
There was not even smell of gun powder or even any combatant weaponry when people unanimously endorsed the draft on March 16 of this year.
It was simply the pen that was at work. If the truth be told, the whole charade of the constitution-making spells the genesis of the demise of Zanu PF.
Apart from and in addition to the unintelligent belief that the constitution-making marks the end of the coalition government, it should be mentioned that it also broke the fetters that had barricaded people’s freedoms since this beautiful country attained independence.
The democratic values captured in the constitution don’t resemble ideological beliefs of Zanu PF. The fundamental capturing of civil and political liberties with equal prominence accorded to economic, social and cultural rights is a signal of a new era.
Credit should therefore be given to the so-called “dysfunctional” coalition government which managed to end Zanu PF’s moment of madness in terms of how the economy and the general welfare were being managed.
Every citizen should never allow such an era to revisit us again. Cursed be the era prior to the inclusive government, for it brought misery, suffering and untold pain on the entire citizenry whilst a few Zanu PF-connected were benefiting. We can’t attribute the good living we have had from 2009 to Zanu PF.
The post 2008 era was never enough for a competent and equally potential nation like ours, but it heralded hope that had been lost.
The much-hated coalition government by Zanu PF marked the end of monotheistic party’s dominance by closing all space that belonged to it alone. It put to a permanent stop Mugabe’s unilateral rule.
It is no longer useful, if ever it was for the nation to continue to be forcefully exposed to the sycophantic drool of “VaMugabe/Zanu PF chete” mantra.
Few days we will totally be governed by a new law that have successfully buried constitutional powers of the most powerful president on this planet in the contemporary era. Dailymaillive