President also has the freedom of expression
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