After Sadc, let's move on

HARARE - In the aftermath of the progressive and positive Sadc summit in Maputo on Saturday, it is time for President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Welshman Ncube to put their heads together and find a solution to the Zimbabwe crisis.

Mugabe, representing government has through the Justice and Legal Affairs ministry been ordered and directed to make an application to the Constitutional Court following consultations by all political parties, seeking to move the date of the election from July 31, 2013.

It is encouraging that Mugabe did not oppose Sadc’s directive and the ball is now in his court to approach the Constitutional Court fast and get an extension.

Mugabe has to move faster than he did when unilaterally proclaiming election dates last week.

Mugabe has a lot of corrections to do after Maputo, among them the amendments to the Electoral Act which he rushed through using the Presidential Powers Act, be brought to Parliament for debate and adoption.

This will indeed be a big climb-down for Mugabe and his close advisers, but we are hopeful that he will keep his word and move on.

Mugabe was ordered to appoint an Inter-Ministerial Committee to deal with implementation of agreed issues on media reform and the monitoring of hate speech in all media.

We urge him to quickly spring into action and show that he is a leader of all people not Zanu PF.

We want to see transformation of the ZBC from being a Zanu PF mouthpiece to a public broadcaster, covering all political parties.

The same for other state media stables which while being bankrolled by taxpayers’ money have decided to operate as mouthpieces of Zanu PF.

Let’s get busy right now because within the short time Parliament still has, legislators have to negotiate and make the necessary amendments to Posa, Aippa, the Broadcasting Act, Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act among other contested laws.

The thorny issue on security reforms calls on the forces to publicly state or restate their commitment to the rule of law in particular their complete adherence to Section 208 of the Constitution.

We hope that the security chiefs will do the honourable thing and abide by the Constitution.

It is also our hope that regional and international observers be in Zimbabwe before the elections as agreed at the Sadc summit.

We agree that the observers should be deployed immediately consistent with the Sadc Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections.After Sadc, let’s move on

IN THE aftermath of the progressive and positive Sadc summit in Maputo on Saturday, it is time for President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Welshman Ncube to put their heads together and find a solution to the Zimbabwe crisis.

Mugabe, representing government has through the Justice and Legal Affairs ministry been ordered and directed to make an application to the Constitutional Court following consultations by all political parties, seeking to move the date of the election from July 31, 2013.

It is encouraging that Mugabe did not oppose Sadc’s directive and the ball is now in his court to approach the Constitutional Court fast and get an extension.

Mugabe has to move faster than he did when unilaterally proclaiming election dates last week.

Mugabe has a lot of corrections to do after Maputo, among them the amendments to the Electoral Act which he rushed through using the Presidential Powers Act, be brought to Parliament for debate and adoption.

This will indeed be a big climb-down for Mugabe and his close advisers, but we are hopeful that he will keep his word and move on.

Mugabe was ordered to appoint an Inter-Ministerial Committee to deal with implementation of agreed issues on media reform and the monitoring of hate speech in all media.

We urge him to quickly spring into action and show that he is a leader of all people not Zanu PF.

We want to see transformation of the ZBC from being a Zanu PF mouthpiece to a public broadcaster, covering all political parties.

The same for other state media stables which while being bankrolled by taxpayers’ money have decided to operate as mouthpieces of Zanu PF.

Let’s get busy right now because within the short time Parliament still has, legislators have to negotiate and make the necessary amendments to Posa, Aippa, the Broadcasting Act, Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act among other contested laws.

The thorny issue on security reforms calls on the forces to publicly state or restate their commitment to the rule of law in particular their complete adherence to Section 208 of the Constitution.

We hope that the security chiefs will do the honourable thing and abide by the Constitution.

It is also our hope that regional and international observers be in Zimbabwe before the elections as agreed at the Sadc summit.

We agree that the observers should be deployed immediately consistent with the Sadc Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections. - Staff Writer

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