It is interesting to note that the media has portrayed the perception that ZANU PF is sensing victory in the forthcoming elections. This of course is judging by comments made by high profile members of government, including the President himself. The President is quoted as having said, “This is a chance we have been given by God. Corruption is the order of the day in the MDC and they have not looked at the people's needs.
- Gender equality
Did you know that the current Lancaster House Constitution does not explain what founding principles it is based on? That’s not a big deal-right? Wrong. It is important to define these principles.
Why are the founding principles important?
The founding principles of a constitution are important for the following reasons:
Going through my e-mails , I came across an auto-reply from a South African colleague, saying she was on leave from work for a week, as part of Women’s Month commemorated in South Africa every August. Curious, I followed the website link she had provided to get an insight into what the commemoration was all about.
It turns out that South African women are among thousands of women across the globe that spend a month celebrating women’s contribution to the survival and existence of humanity in history and contemporary society.
Sometimes politics and law are in direct conflict, and this seems the case with the decision by Justice Chiweshe on the application by the President for further time over the (now) 27 byelections.
How does this decision now square with the so-called road map for elections wanted by SADC, and how does it exemplify the rule of law?
The election road map demanded repeatedly by SADC, and apparently agreed to by all political parties, includes a new constitution, electoral reforms, media reforms and realignment of the security sector.
The Research and Advocacy Unit suggested in 2010 that there would be little or no constructive development with regards to the creation of a new constitution, only trivial reforms in non-key areas, and an inevitable election (at a time of ZANU PF’S choosing), there was nothing prescient about this. Many other commentators made the same points. The critical issue that we were pointing to was the need for the reforms necessary for the holding of free(ish) and fair(ish) elections.
We may all remember that over a year ago 29 members of the MDC where arrested in connection with the murder of Inspector Petros Mutedza. To commit murder is unacceptable and society should work towards dealing with the root causes of what makes a person kill another. In addition the implementation of the law should be expeditious so that society is satisfied that the law is efficient. But, sadly, this is not the case in Zimbabwe.
“Peace is not the absence of war but the presence of justice.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
The word peace is used loosely at rallies, on posters and stickers, through hand signals – in fact, the word is ubiquitous. However, if one were to adopt Dr. King’s definition then peace becomes unanimous with justice. The problem with that however is that justice, much like peace is a nebulous concept.