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Sadc rose to the occasion, scuttles Mugabe's machinations

15 Jun 2013 at 16:17hrs | Views
Good people, good good people,it has been an incredible and unbelievable day here in this great beautiful coastal capital of Maputo.

SADC rose to the occasion and scuttled the evil and Machiavellian machinations of the chaos faction of Zanu-PF.

The decision of summit was clear, all the recommendations of the facilitator President Zuma were adopted with the net effect that the Proclamation of elections made on Thursday is rendered null and void.

The key operative decisions of SADC are that

1) Government through the ministry of Justice is ordered and directed to make an application to the constitutional court following consultations by all political parties, seeking to move the date of the election from the 30 July 2013.

2) that the agreed amendments to the electoral act which had been purportedly been made into law by the President using the Presidential Powers (Temporal Measures) Act be brought to parliament this Tuesday for debate and adoption.

3) that the SADC facilitation team and the troika team appointed in Livingstone sit in Jomic and not merely receive reports as demanded by Zanu-PF

4) that an Inter Ministerial Committee be appointed to deal with implementation of agreed issues on media reform and the monitoring of hate speech in all media

5) that the security forces publicly state or restate their commitment to the rule of law in particular their complete adherence to section 208 of the constitution.

6) that within the time parliament has remaining the parties negotiate and make the necessary amendments to POSA, AIPPA,the Broadcasting Act, section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act etc

7) that SADC observers be deployed immediately consistent with the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections

8) that any other issue and the implementation of the above be overseen by the facilitation team.

Theoretically SADC have therefore effectively ordered a return to constitutionalism and not the current situation where hiding under the cloak of compliance with a court judgment illegalities and atrocities were now being committed.

I have been to all summits on Zimbabwe since 2007 and they have been many. I want to thank and acknowledge the electric delivery of Dr Morgan Tsvangirai our party president, what a delivery. Simple straight foward passionate and effective. I liked it when in his conclusion he asked President Mugabe why it should be about power and not the people. Save you made us proud today.

Perhaps the most marvelous thing was the tag teaming and complimentarity between MT and Proff Welsh Ncube. I have seen Welsh in court and on countless times we have fought on opposite sides (of course he always lost). Today the man from Vungu fought like a lion. Whilst MT was the godfather speaking like a statesman Welsh was a bull terrier flooring Zanu with erudite legal submissions.

As for Zanu PF, I think that the chaos faction of this party must take blame for humiliating and embarrassing President Mugabe the way they did today. He is clearly too elderly to be subjected to the barrage he forced today. Fortunately he quickly wisened to the folly of the chaos factions machinations and scelerotic schemes. He therefore quickly conceded to the need of a court application, thus saving summit of continuous further debate.

I want to say that we Zimbabweans want an election yesterday. However it must be legitimate and credible. The election must on the people's terms and not on the bloody hands of a cruel and horrible faction of Zanu PF.

We are ready. Our primaries are almost done, JUICE and ART are out.

Trust me this winter we will finish it off.

Thank you SADC,thank you President Zuma,thank you Save, thank you Welsh.

Source - Tendai Biti
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