Pres­i­dent also has the free­dom of ex­pres­sion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

EDI­TOR — Fol­low­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s com­ments on a court or­der is­sued by High Court Judge Jus­tice Hlekani Mway­era on Au­gust 26, 2016, which in­ter­dicted the Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice (ZRP) from in­ter­fer­ing with, ob­struct­ing and stop­ping a demon­stra­tion or­gan­ised by the Na­tional Elec­toral Re­form Agenda, the pri­vate me­dia and op­po­si­tion el­e­ments re­acted with vi­cious at­tacks.

Op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal par­ties and the pri­vate me­dia mis­con­strued the Pres­i­dent’s com­ment as an at­tempt by the Ex­ec­u­tive to limit ju­di­cial in­de­pen­dence.

Even the learned lawyer, Alex Ma­gaisa missed the point here. He failed a sim­ple task of draw­ing a line be­tween a per­sonal opin­ion and Ex­ec­u­tive in­ter­fer­ence.

Ma­gaisa is a man who failed to de­ploy the knowl­edge he ac­quired from the many le­gal books he chewed to Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai’s bid to land the num­ber one job in the coun­try. What more can one ex­pect.

Be­ing a pres­i­dent of Zim­babwe or any other na­tion does not take away the Pres­i­dent’s rights to ex­press per­sonal opin­ion.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe still has a con­sti­tu­tional right to free­dom of ex­pres­sion and opin­ion. He is still a hu­man be­ing like any­body else.

The op­po­si­tion el­e­ments and the pri­vate me­dia ex­posed their lack of in­ge­nu­ity in at­tack­ing the Pres­i­dent for ex­press­ing his opin­ion in the way he felt the ju­di­ciary han­dled the demo is­sue.

These are the same peo­ple who have been mak­ing noise about the imag­ined vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights in Zim­babwe. They must up­hold the same demo­cratic tenets that they gen­er­ously de­mand of oth­ers.

In any case, the Pres­i­dent’s opin­ion is widely shared by a ma­jor­ity of Zim­bab­weans. It is an opin­ion that is shared by ven­dors who lost their wares to the hood­lums.

It is shared by busi­nesses whose goods were looted dur­ing the ri­otous demon­stra­tions. The own­ers of prop­er­ties which were de­stroyed and burnt are def­i­nitely in agree­ment with that opin­ion. Even the or­di­nary per­son who was im­peded from do­ing his day to day busi­ness is in ac­cord with the Pres­i­dent.

The Pres­i­dent`s opin­ion in this case is Zim­babwe can­not be al­lowed to de­gen­er­ate into an­ar­chy just for the sake of ful­fill­ing de­monic mi­nor­ity in­ter­ests. John Si­gauke

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