MDCs should not be bullied

HARARE - For decades now President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF has dominated Zimbabwe’s politics but now is the time for the two MDC formations in the unity government to put behind petty differences and stand firm against Zanu PF intransigence.

It is unfortunate Zanu PF is determined on ensuring that the constitutional process is derailed all because they are selfish and want things to go their way.

However, Prime Minister Tsvangirai yesterday made it clear that Zanu PF will not have its way with their own version of Constitution it wants to be taken to a referendum instead of the draft that all the three parties agreed to.

We commend Tsvangirai and the leader of the other MDC faction Welshman Ncube for resisting Zanu PF’s attempts to tinker with the people’s views.

A Constitution is not about Zanu PF but about Zimbabweans as a whole.

The constitution is not about three individuals — Tsvangirai, Ncube and President Robert Mugabe —  but the people.

Tsvangirai made it clear yesterday that they will not be any further re-negotiations over the draft as demanded by Zanu PF and we hope his party will stand firm together with Ncube’s faction.

Zimbabweans have been sitting on the terraces for long now and it is time that politicians who masquerade as owners of this vast country give us a chance to express our views in a referendum as stipulated by the Global Political Agreement (GPA) which brought about the coalition government.

As Tsvangirai rightly put it, Zimbabweans are the real “principals” not a few political gladiators whose claim to power today rests not in the people’s will, but in the might of the gun.

Scars of Zanu PF-sanctioned violence are still fresh on the nation and we hope giving a chance for people to vote in a referendum will be critical in burying the past.

We urge the two MDC formations to unite and fight as one against the bullying tactics being employed by Zanu PF.

Zanu PF must be reminded that the will of the people should always prevail.

The two MDC formations should seize the moment and unite to take the nation forward. Zimbabweans are not fools and will make the right decision not only about this generation but for all ages to come.

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