Zanu-PF will never re­form it­self out of power, Prof Moyo de­clares

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ZANU-PF has no in­ten­tion of cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment that will en­sure it loses elec­tions, rul­ing party Polit­buro mem­ber and Cab­i­net Min­is­ter, Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo, has said.

He told jour­nal­ists at the Bu­l­awayo Press Club on Fri­day:

“They want to say put in place elec­toral reforms that will en­sure that you lose and we win. And we’re say­ing no. That will never hap­pen any­where in a mod­ern con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy, that a po­lit­i­cal party that has come into gov­ern­ment on the back of a new ne­go­ti­ated con­sti­tu­tion, on the back of a new ne­go­ti­ated Elec­toral Act, comes up with reforms that will re­form it out of power. Be­cause the reforms they’re talk­ing about are clear codes to say come with reforms that will en­sure that you’re out.”

The Tsholot­sho North MP said op­po­si­tion par­ties are turn­ing a blind eye to the Elec­toral Act which is a re­sult of pro­vi­sions of the Con­sti­tu­tion that was adopted in 2013.

“Let us be clear. For a long time since 1999 the op­po­si­tion said the most im­por­tant re­form in the coun­try is a new con­sti­tu­tion. They were say­ing ‘no new con­sti­tu­tion no elec­tions’ for a long time. We got that in 2013 and it was a ne­go­ti­ated con­sti­tu­tion among those in the Global Po­lit­i­cal Agree­ment. And it was sup­ported by the ma­jor­ity of the elec­torate through the ref­er­en­dum,” he said. Zanu-PF, Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai’s MDC-T and the then Pro­fes­sor Mu­tam­bara-led MDC were the par­ties in­volved in the GPA.

Prof Moyo said when the new con­sti­tu­tion was adopted the par­ties which were in Gov­ern­ment started work­ing on elec­toral reforms to­gether.

Any in­sti­tu­tion that is un­happy with the Elec­toral Act, he said, should ap­proach the Con­sti­tu­tional Court.

“Those who made these laws should be the ones who know about the pro­vi­sions of Sec­tion 2 of our Con­sti­tu­tion. They can’t keep say­ing that they’re prac­tices that are this and that. Go to the Con­sti­tu­tional Court that’s why you’ve the new Con­sti­tu­tion,” he said.

“The Elec­toral Act is a prod­uct of GPA par­ties. Then they fig­ure ‘no we must still talk about elec­toral reforms.’ It is to­tally un­ac­cept­able and we should not be in doubt about that be­cause the fun­da­men­tal law of the coun­try has changed and there is no law, con­duct, prac­tice or cus­tom that su­per­sedes the law or that is above the Con­sti­tu­tion. Any as­pect of our prac­tice, po­lit­i­cal prac­tice, cus­tom, con­duct or law that is in­con­sis­tent with this new con­sti­tu­tion is a nul­lity,” said Prof Moyo.

He crit­i­cised Zim­babwe Peo­ple First leader Dr Joice Mu­juru, say­ing she was weak and in­ca­pable of run­ning the coun­try as she has been re­ly­ing on the strength and rep­u­ta­tion of other politi­cians.

He said Dr Mu­juru was not a firmly grounded politi­cian as ev­i­denced by her re­cent al­liance with MDC-T.

Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo

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