Jus­tice Maka­rau right on po­lit­i­cal par­ties

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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

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