Mot­lanthe wise coun­sel

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FOR­MER South African Pres­i­dent Kgalema Mot­lanthe who is the Chair­per­son Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into the post-elec­tion vi­o­lence that hit Harare on 1 Au­gust, has im­plored Zim­bab­weans to re­spect the coun­try’s Con­sti­tu­tion and avoid cre­at­ing par­al­lel struc­tures out­side the pa­ram­e­ters of the law.

Re­spond­ing to ques­tions fielded by Gweru res­i­dents dur­ing an in­quiry yes­ter­day in the city, Mr Mot­lanthe said the law should take its course on peo­ple who try to as­sume the du­ties of a demo­crat­i­cally elected and in­au­gu­rated Pres­i­dent and Gov­ern­ment.

The res­i­dents had asked the com­mis­sion if the pur­ported move by MDC Al­liance leader Mr Nel­son Chamisa to in­au­gu­rate him­self as Pres­i­dent was not un­law­ful.

Mr Mot­lanthe said while peo­ple’s demo­cratic rights should be pro­tected, politi­cians should not dis­re­gard the Con­sti­tu­tion.

“We draw lessons from his­tory. Peo­ple have their demo­cratic right to ex­press them­selves but within the pa­ram­e­ters of the law. In Malawi when Pres­i­dent Ka­muzu Banda was still there he did not al­low any or­gan­i­sa­tion to give their lead­ers ti­tles of pres­i­dent. There was only one pres­i­dent. In Zim­babwe you have al­lowed or­gan­i­sa­tions to give their lead­ers such ti­tles and they can do so. How­ever, when one as­sumes the du­ties of a demo­crat­i­cally elected and in­au­gu­rated Pres­i­dent then the law of the coun­try must take its course,” he said.

Gweru res­i­dents also ex­pressed con­cern over Mr Chamisa’s fail­ure to ac­cept the out­come of the 30 July elec­tions.

“We are wor­ried in this coun­try be­cause as we dis­cuss the is­sue of vi­o­lence which oc­curred soon af­ter the elec­tions, MDC Al­liance is say­ing it will in­au­gu­rate Mr Chamisa as the pres­i­dent of this coun­try. So we might try to re­solve this is­sue now but it is ap­par­ent that the MDC Al­liance has failed to ac­cept the July 30 elec­tion re­sults. What is means is that this prob­lem will not be solved for as long as Mr Chamisa does not ac­cept the re­sults. It is also a tes­ti­mony that shows that he is re­spon­si­ble for the post-elec­tion vi­o­lence be­cause he is in­cit­ing his party sup­port­ers,” he said.

The Com­mis­sion was in Bu­l­awayo on Fri­day get­ting tes­ti­monies from the pub­lic.

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