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Ms Rainah Chamnorwa-Political Correspondent and Human Rights Activist

Only a fool needs to be told that there will never be a free and fair election in Zimbabwe as long as Mugabe and Zanu Pf are still in control. They (ZANU PF) have already high jacked the making of the draft constitution  in Zimbabwe, a key stipulation in the political agreement that brought the MDC and ZANU-PF into Zimbabwe’s coalition government  a few years back.  This led to the formation of a multiparty Constitutional Parliamentary Committee headed by Douglas Mwonzora of the MDC-T and Paul Mangawana, another co-chair from the Zanu-Pf party to seek the views of Zimbabweans at home and abroad about a new constitution.

The constitution-making process that is already far behind schedule, has stalled several times due to political haggling between ZANU PF and the two formations of the MDC. But it is a key aspect of an election roadmap currently being drafted by SADC appointed facilitator President Jacob Zuma of South Africa. A referendum for a new constitution is expected end of September this year and this may lead to fresh elections, perhaps during the first half of 2012.

Meanwhile the state continues to crackdown on MDC supporters countrywide as evidenced by the high number of court appearances in recent days. So far soldiers and war vets were deployed in various parts of Zimbabwe to intimidate and exert undue influence on innocent villagers and helpless rural Zimbabweans to vote YES for the ZANU PF driven constitution. The soldiers chant Zanu (PF) slogans and threatening war to the doorsteps of those who will give different views to those of its party. The Joint Operations Command (JOC), a state security organisation only accountable to Robert Mugabe, is spearheading Zanu  PF’s campaign to foist the Kariba draft on the people of Zimbabwe.

Under Plot - Douglas Mwonzora

Douglas Mwonzora, who is also a lawyer and an MDC legislator was arrested  and charged with public violence at a rally in rural Zimbabwe and he denies the charges. Mwonzora’s arrest is linked to a plot by ZANU PF (which they strongly deny) to delay the new constitution and this will give Mugabe an excuse to call for an election under the old constitution. 

The minister of defence E.D. Mnangagwa declared at a political rally in Chivi in Masvingo in Zimbabwe that the military will never allow the country to hand over power to the MDC -T government or anyone who is not part of the liberation struggle. The villagers were threatened by the millitary that if they do not vote for ZANU PF, they will be killed.

Even though President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai launched the outreach team in a  joint venture and denounced violence together, reports were awash of Zanu (PF) militia setting up bases in various parts of the country and it is very sad to note that the traditional chiefs and headman who are expected to be non-political have been bribed already. At a chiefs annual conference held by all chiefs in Zimbabwe, they publicly confirmed their support for president R.Mugabe. They are reported to be receiving huge allowances that include expensive 4×4 cars bought for them  in october 2010. These chiefs are obviously campaigning for their Zanu-Pf masters.

Zanu Pf knows that by high-jacking the mission of the consitution, they have the chance of winning the elections but not in a fair way though. In the view of the above and many other existing irregularities of unfairness, I urge every genuine Zimbabwean to vote NO in the proposed referendum to be held some time this year (if all goes well) and pleae vote no to the Zanu pf proposed Kariba Draft Constitution.

Ms Rainah Chamunorwa is a Writer, a Human Rights Activist and also  a member of the Restoration Of  Human Rights(ROHR). She is passionate about people being treated fairly
regardless of race,creed or political views paticularly in Zimbabwe where freedom of speech  and human rights are not observed.