Justice Makarau right on political parties
EDITOR — Justice Rita Makarau is right to say political parties should not interfere with the operations of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) as this is against the constitution.
Those who are disputing her decision to close out political outfits in the ongoing mapping exercise are not well versed with the constitution and should not exhibit their ignorance.
With rowdy characters like Neras and the MDC who are accused of causing pandemonium in Zvishavane, progress will be stalled.
I do not know who advised opposition politicians that being hard-headed and impractical is the best practice.
The meetings between Zec and Nera showed that these parties cannot be part of the initial engagements lest confusion becomes the order of the day. Contrary to suggestions by some, Zec made it clear that it still values input from political parties and will be open to suggestions and criticism.
This means that they believe political parties are major stakeholders in the national mapping exercise but they cannot be directly involved at every single stage. That would be an infringement of a constitutional provision that stipulates the need for Zec to be an independent commission.
I also think it important that the role parties can play is clarified. It becomes tedious hearing reports of tempers flaring at every meeting between Zec and political parties.
Some of these temperamental political leaders let their egos get in the way of their decision making and affects their supporters.
This is why Zec had to withdraw the olive branch it had extended to the parties as goodwill because it realised that trying to hold discussions with political parties, especially those under the Nera banner, was going to be a liability.
I say thumbs up to Justice Makarau. Kumbirai Kazanga
Justice Rita Makarau