Yes Vote way to go

HARARE - The submission by political parties in the inclusive government that they are vying for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum is not only welcome but a constructive decision to take.

For a country that has been bedridden by politicking and destructive party idiosyncrasies in government, it is indeed welcome for parties to come up with a common position.

Whilst we feel the draft constitution contains some shortfalls, it at least exhibits some basic tenets of democracy.

Given the bickering that marred the constitution-making process, it is a sigh of relief to the citizenry that the parties have for once agreed.

It was going to baffle the mind if any party was going to come out with a different position. For once parties have demonstrated to put the interest of the people ahead of their own.

Such is real nationalism.

The level of maturity demonstrated by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe should cascade to the grass roots, where people from different political parties get to realise they are only opponents not necessarily sworn enemies.

We applaud Principals in the inclusive government for the patience and tolerance they have devoted for the peaceful conclusion of the process.

Maybe for the first time prophets of doom who were foretelling disaster over the whole constitution project have been shamed.

The onus is now upon the Principals to ensure a peaceful referendum.

Such a culture could probably be cascaded to the elections.

A constitution is simply a mere document on how a country should be governed.

Constitution-making process ought not to be a name-calling project that fuels hate and degenerates into unnecessary chaos.

We sincerely hope the youths, who have been used as instruments of fuelling hate will take a leaf.

To those who were jeering at the Prime Minister at the burial of the late Vice President Landa John Nkomo, we need to remind you that you are living on borrowed time.

It’s high time certain functionaries in our society wake up from the deep slumber and realise the winds of change, where Mugabe and Tsvangirai — known bitter rivals for long sit together to map the way forward.

Zimbabwe has the highest literacy rate in Africa, but sadly it was still trapped in medieval politics of machetes and knobkerries.

Our education should brilliantly be utilised in political approaches and become a beacon of Africa. - Staff Writer

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